Of all the exercises out there, I believe that leg exercises are the most important. Why? It’s because your legs are the powerhouse of your body. They are what carry your entire body.
Think about what happens when your legs get tired. You can’t walk or run as fast. You can’t turn as fast. You can’t even move your upper body as fast. All of the power in your body comes from your legs. It doesn’t matter whether you’re standing, lifting something from the ground, pushing something, or pulling something. All of your power comes from your legs.
If you really want to see improvements in your current workout program, I suggest focusing more on your legs. To get you started, here are 5 unorthodox leg exercises that will whoop you into shape in no time flat.
- 1) Hindu Squats – These have been around for centuries, since the time of the old Indian wrestlers. The great “Gama” was heard to be able to do 9,000 of them, and he was over 250 pounds of pure muscle. They’re similar to bodyweight squats, but in my opinion better. Try to do just 50 and see how your legs feel.
- 2) Vertical Leaps – Remember back when you were a kid how you used to be able to run and jump like there was no tomorrow? Well, wouldn’t you like to be able to do that again? If you want a little more “spring in your step”, this is the exercise to do it. Just 10-15 reps of these and your legs will be begging for more air.
- 3) 1 Legged Squats – This exercise will require a combination of strength, flexibility, and balance. However, if done correctly they can strengthen your legs like no other exercise. I’ve seen tremendous increases in leg strength by performing these.
- 4) Hill Sprints – This is another favorite leg exercises of mine that will also give you lungs of steel and extreme mental toughness. If you aren’t in shape enough to run actual hills, consider doing sprints up your steps, bleachers at a local track, or even sprints on a stationary bicycle. Keep it short and sweet.
- 5) Car Pushing – If you live in a city, this might be a hard one to do. However, if you know of any remote areas by your house, this is an amazing exercise. If you don’t have the leg power to push it, don’t worry about it – it will count as an isometric exercise. When you can eventually push it, it will feel amazing.
If you strictly used those 5 leg exercises and nothing else, you could build tremendous leg strength, power, and endurance. They’re fun, can be done almost anywhere (besides #5), and don’t take up a large amount of your time. If you get looks while doing them, don’t worry about it – that just means you’re doing something right. Over 65% of Americans are overweight, so obviously the “traditional” methods aren’t working.
Are you ready to lose weight and gain incredibly strong legs by performing these 5 leg exercises?