We’ve all seen those celebrities with killer legs, and we’re dying to have them too! With consistency, dedication, and healthy eating, you can have great legs, too! Need some tips for where to start with leg day? Keep reading for inspiration!

Here are six exercises you can do to get toned and fit legs for summer!

Step 1: Full Squat.

regular squat

For a full squat, start with your legs shoulder/hip width apart from each other. Squat until your legs form a 90 degree angle. Make sure to keep your back flat and your chest up.
Do 20 reps.

What does this work? This exercise works your quads, hamstrings, glutes, as well as calf muscles.

Step 2: Sumo Squat.

sumo squat

For the sumo squat, stand with your feet in a wide stance. Bend your knees and squat until both legs are in a 90 degree angle, and return to the standing position. Your toes should be slightly turned out. Do 20 reps.

What does this work? This exercise will work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, and calves.

Step 3: Lunges.

lunge

For this exercise, stand with your arms on your hips and begin by stepping one foot forward and lowering your body. Do this while keeping your knee at a 90 degree angle. Be sure to not let your knee extend past your ankle. Do 20 reps on each leg.

What does this work? This exercise works your glutes, hips, hamstrings, and quads.

Step 4: Step Up and Knee Up.

Find a chair, bench, or step of some kind. The higher off the ground, the more challenging it will be! Put one foot on the elevated surface, and push up to stand up on it. Bring your opposite knee bent up to a 90 degree angle. Step down, and repeat on the other leg. Do 20 reps on each leg.

What does this work? This exercise works your glutes, quads, and is a good burst of cardio!

Step 5: Jumping Jacks.

jumping jack

Bring back your childhood and get moving by doing 100 jumping jacks! Jump out with your legs shoulder width apart, and arms in a v above your head, and jump back, bringing your body together.

What does this work? This exercise is a good burst of cardio and works your calves and quads.

Step 6: Mountain Climbers.

For this exercise, start standing. Place your body in a push up position, and then bring your legs to your chest, and jump up. This counts as one rep! Do 20 reps. Bonus: If you want to work yourself even harder, do a push up when you reach the plank position on the ground.

What does this work? This exercise works your entire body, but specifically in your legs – quads, hamstrings, hip adductors, and hip abductors.

Repeat as many times as you want to create a circuit for a great start to leg day! Remember, it is far more important to be healthy and happy, rather than aiming to be physically fit to simply lose weight.


Makenzie-48 (2)Kenzie is a contributor for The Young Hopeful. She is also currently a sophomore at Kansas State University, where she studies Apparel and Textile Marketing with minors in Business and Public Relations. She is involved with her sorority, Pi Beta Phi and various clubs and campus ministries. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, eating brunch, blogging, shopping, and running. You can find Kenzie on her blog,Twitter, Instagram, and more!

 

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