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Top 5 Bodyweight Leg Exercises

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The key to the top five bodyweight leg exercises is that you don’t use weights. Many people think you must lift heavy weights to grow and shape your leg muscles. That is simply not true. Your body weight provides adequate resistance to help you build muscle and burn lower body fat.

Lifting heavy weights will take a toll on your joints. You are also likely to injure yourself if you do the exercises incorrectly. When you are trying to learn a new exercise, start with the bodyweight version.

Bodyweight strength exercises allow you to use natural body motions. Each body moves differently. Don’t do too many exercises on machines because machines limit your natural range of motion. Since machines also stabilize your body for you, bodyweight exercises help you develop strength that allows your body to stabilize itself.

Bodyweight plyometric exercises, like squat jumps, will blast more fat because they are very intense. And, one-legged jumping exercises are more intense than two-legged jumping exercises. Shorten and intensify your workouts with jump training and you will blast more fat and calories during and after your workout!

Bodyweight plyometric exercises are advanced. You need to perfect jumping and landing techniques or you will injure yourself. If you have knee and lower back problems, high-speed jump training is not for you.

The top five bodyweight leg exercises are:

Squats (all variations)

Walking lunges

Side lunges

Step ups

Squat jumps

You could do three sets/10 repetitions of the above mentioned exercises and you would be on your way to being lean and toned in your butt, hips, thighs and lower legs. Do this type of workout two to three times a week.

A bonus bodyweight exercise for you would be sprinting. Sprinting burns fat like crazy and is one of the best ways to get your total body lean and toned. Sprinting is one of the least used exercises done by general exercisers. You don't have to be fast, just run as fast as you can! To avoid injuries, always sprint on surfaces like grass or sand and never run on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt.

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