I'm a Trainer, and These Are the Exercises I Do For Strong and Sculpted Legs
There's something extremely satisfying about how shaky my legs feel after doing power cleans, hang cleans, hex bar deadlifts, and walking lunges. Being sore isn't my definition of fun, but I do love knowing (and feeling) that I'm getting stronger.
If your goal is to strengthen your legs and build muscle, you've obviously got to do exercises that will target all the muscles in your legs. Let's not forget about being patient, making sure you're eating enough, following the right rep and set range, and lifting heavy weights. Sounds easy, right?
To get you started on the right foot, I've rounded up some of my favourite leg-strengthening exercises. You may be tempted to create a workout with all of these exercises, but you shouldn't. You'll have a serious case of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) if you do. Instead, pick two to three push exercises (these are typically knee dominant, like a squat) and two to three pull exercises (these are usually hip dominant, like a deadlift) and add them to your workout.
If you'd rather not come up with your own program, try this four-week workout plan. If you're ready to start sculpting your legs, check out the exercises ahead.