I don’t know if its partly because I’m . . . shall we say, somewhat vertically challenged but I looovvvveeee to workout my lower body . . . namely my legs. I mean, maybe if I work them really hard they might reward me with magically growing a few extra inches overnight?
Maybe . . . possibly?? Yeah I know I’m totally dreaming . . . waaahhhhhh
Knowing that the lower body contains the largest muscle groups is my true motivation because it means working the lower body with resistance exercises also causes a cardio effect. Basically what that means is that it’s easier to get the blood pumpin’, heart rate rising and calories burning than say working your little old arms . . .
Holla!!! I love it!
Ok I know I said its easier to get your blood pumpin’, heart rate rising and calories burning but that my friend doesn’t mean this is a wimpy little workout. No way, no how.
I want you to push it. Like really push it. Listen to your body, but do not, I repeat do not take the easy half hearted option.
You are strong, you are ah-mazing, you. can. do. it!
I mean it, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Even if your new to resistance training (or exercise at all for that matter) I think you will be pleasantly surprised at just how strong your lower body is.
Here’s how this is going to work, you need to grab yourself something for resistance free weights/dumbbells (if you don’t have weights you can totally still do these exercises just using your own body weight as resistance and still have yourself a killer workout, no excuses people) and something to step up onto – a step, a box, anything.
Feel free to check out my helpful hints for resistance training before you get started.
Firstly we need to warm up for 5 minutes or so. Run on the spot, do jumping jacks, jump rope, dance around the living room, do step ups on the stairs. Anything to get you warm.
Then we get. it. done.
We are going to perform 8-10 reps of each exercise (each leg with lunges) with a 1 minute rest once all exercises have been done through once. Then we repeat the entire routine through twice more for a total of 3 sets!
Lovely, long (I wish) legs here we come.
Then finish with a nice little cool down, maybe take a slow walk or something anything to help bring the heart rate down, then finish with few stretches.