Happy Leap Day!
In honor of the day that only comes around every four years, we have put together a few of our favorite leg workouts for one killer circuit! Perform the following moves as a circuit resting about 2 minutes before you repeat 2 more times. You should be able to do 12-15 reps per exercise. Circuit workouts are geared towards burning fat while building muscle so keep that heart rate up!
Standing Body Bar Split Jump
Stand with your knees slightly bent, gently holding a 6- to 9-pound Body Bar at the back of your neck. Drop your hips and jump slightly so that your right leg lands about 3 feet in front of your left leg. Repeat with the left leg. Start slowly and don’t sink all the way into a lunge.
Sumo Squat and Leg Raise
Works core, hips, glutes, hamstrings and quads
Grab a 9lb to 15lb Body Bar with your hands wider than shoulder-width apart. Stand just over half a metre to the right of a 30cm-high step or bench. Position the bar across your shoulder blades. Step onto the bench with your left foot, then squat until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor (A). Stand up, straightening your left leg as you lift your right leg straight out to the side (B). Balance on your left leg for one second, then return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps then repeat on the other side. That’s one set.
Works core, hips, glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves
Grab a 9lb to 15lb Body Bar with your hands wider than shoulder-width apart. Rest the bar across your shoulder blades and position your legs wider than shoulder-width apart with your toes turned out. Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor (A). Rotate your entire body 90 degrees to the left (B). Return to centre, stand and squat again, this time rotating to the right. That’s one rep.
Trainer tip: Contract your glutes and look straight ahead to maintain your balance..