Just as upper body resistance training is important for your fitness routine, so is lower body resistance training. And, just like I mentioned in the Upper Body Exercise blog post, both men and ladies should be performing these exercises. A complete lower body workout routine will improve posture, stability, strength, balance, and more. Plus, a proper lower body workout routine will help to decrease pain especially in your back, hips, knees, and middle back.

The key to any exercise program is consistency. This of course is the same with anything you do in life. A pro athlete didn’t get to that level over night so why would you expect to lose or gain the weight you want overnight or even in just 30 days? It’s not fair to your body to put that level of expectation because 1) it’s not healthy and 2) it’s unrealistic.

I help you stay realistic and on track to meet your goals.

Consistency over time with the right program is what makes this possible.

Now, if you’re going for specific health concerns or health challenges and wanting ways to work with them to have the most success, then, as I say every time, seek out a professional. If you want to work with me, then contact me here.

I’ve put together a list of top lower body exercises for you.

An Overview of Lower Body Exercises

  1. Back Squat: This is best to improve your leg and butt strength while also improving your core strength as you maintain a proper upright position.
  2. Front Squat: This also strengthens your legs and butt and gives your core a solid workout to maintain the proper position.
  3. Lunge: Great for building butt strength.
    • You can do these with dumbbells, kettlebells, or a men’s barbell or a women’s barbell.
    • You can do these with weight down by your side, with weight in back rack position behind your shoulders, with weight in the front rack position in front of your shoulders, or overhead. (each is progressively more difficult)
  4. Bulgarian Split Squat: Similar to a lunge but it’s called a split squat. This will put some serious focus on your butt, your gluteus maximus, so if you’ve never done these before, start light and holding onto something for balance.
  5. Deadlift: This is a great exercise, when done properly, for your hamstrings and glutes. When done improperly, you’ll feel a strain in your lower back. Be careful with all exercises, but particularly with the deadlift.

 

What Not To Do

So many times I’m in the gym myself and I’m watching someone try to do some of these exercises and I’m cringing inside. So, my key advice is to not do this alone. At least not until you’ve been told by a professional that you have the core movements down pat! Improper movement patterns repeated over time will lead to serious injury down the line. Even if you feel you’re doing it well on your own you can’t see yourself move every lift. Just take the time to build your foundation movements so you’ve got the structure before you start adding on weight. It’s difficult to correct poor movement patterns.

 

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