Having a hard time going to the gym? Fear no more!
In this article, we’ll be breaking down 10 in home lower body workouts anyone can try at home and their exercises. No gear needed for these workouts, just some space and a cup water waiting for your disposal.
There’re 3 main parts in this article:
If you’re familiar with the basic lower body exercises, just get into the first section 10 Lower Body Workouts That Can Be Done Anywhere right away.
If you want more guidance on the basics, check out the second section Lower Body Exercises Breakdown.
And the last section is about what you should do before and after working out.
If you’re familiar with the basic lower body exercises, just read on this section.
If you’d like to have more guidance on each exercise listed in these 10 workouts, take a look at the following part Lower Body Exercises Breakdown.
3 sets of 8-12 reps of:
(30 sec to 2 min rest in between each set)
3 rounds of 30 seconds of each exercise:
(1 min rest in between each round)
4 sets of 16 reps of:
(30 sec to 1 min rest in between each set)
2 sets of 20-50 reps of:
(1-2 min rest in between each set)
5 rounds of 10 to 20 seconds of each exercise:
(30 min rest in between each round)
5 to 10 sets of 4 reps of:
(30 sec to 2 mins of rest time in between set)
4 sets of 10-30 reps of:
(1 min of rest time in between set)
3 rounds of 20 seconds of:
(2 mins of rest time in between set)
2 sets of 10 reps of:
2 sets of 50 reps on each leg of:
(4 mins of rest time in between set)
Here’s the breakdown of the lower body exercises that you found in the workouts listed in the first section of this article.
A squat is a compound movement which entails the recruitment of a majority of your lower body (quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles, spinal erectors).
How to squat:
Feet shoulder width apart or a little wider. Toes pointed slightly out, arms out in front of you. Sit into your heels till you hit parallel with your butt and knee, drive through the heels, return to starting position and repeat.
A lunge is a complex movement which recruits mainly the lower body.
The walking lunges are a harder version of a split squat which is stationary and then adds the component of stepping and keeping balance which engages the gluteus medius as well as allowing a larger range of motion.
A reverse lunge is very similar to the split squat but instead, after every rep, you are returning to the starting position and stepping back.
By reverse stepping, you are allowing for a better emphasis on the hamstrings and gluteal muscles as opposed to the quadriceps muscles in a forward stepping lunge.
A quarter squat is the top ¼ movement of a squat. This will work mainly the gluteal muscles as it emphasizes the hip extension and not a lot of range of motion on the quadriceps muscles.
A skater squat is a unilateral variation of the squat, this squat really engages the gluteus medius and hamstrings as it works unilateral stability and hip flexion which fires both the hamstrings and glutes.
The Step Up is the greatest balance of getting the glutes and quadriceps muscles firing. Doing Step Ups will not only get the glutes going, but the quadriceps as well.
Glute Bridges are a great way to nearly isolate the glutes and build a great butt. This entire movement works through hip extension which the main movement of the gluteal muscles.
Single leg glute bridge ensures that we are evenly building the glutes and not relying too heavily on our dominant leg and symmetrical butt. The step up can be done in a chair or a step in the stairs
Single Leg RDL’s engage that entire booty and hamstrings, especially the gluteus medius due to its unilateral stability property. This is a great way to spice up some routine deadlifts.
Before engaging in any physical activity, consult a doctor if you have not worked out in years. However, if you want to go at it without consulting a doctor, start slow and build your way up. Even though it’s home workout, use dynamic stretching or some light jogging as a warm up before starting the lower body workouts.
Finally, at the end of the lower body workout, use static stretching to reduce injuries and to calm down your heart rate gradually.
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