Looking to add some variety to your workout? Doing the same old moves every time you hit the gym can get boring. Plus, it’s important to keep things fresh in the fitness scene to keep pushing your body’s limits and to avoid plateauing. Check out the video above or the 25 lower body exercises below to keep your workouts versatile!
Ready to bust a sweat? Set the feet underneath the hips, place the hands behind your head and squat down (knees behind toes, of course). Jump the feet in and out. You’ll work the glutes, quads and inner thighs here as you power through the jumps. Stay low! You can see more on it here.
Do you need to pay more attention to your hamstrings? Then introduce them to this move. Click here to check it out.
Mountain Climbers: You know love ’em! Alignment is everything in this move. As those knees drive under your chest, stay firm through the shoulders — no rocking! The hips tend to creep up with this exercise, so lock them down and you’ll feel the core turn on. Try to imitate fitness instructor Amanda Strong’s example above (and click here to read more about your form).
Channel your inner donkey with our Weighted Donkey Kicks. It works your glutes and thighs! Here’s how it works.
Get back in that plié position! It’s time to work your quads, hamstrings and glutes. Here’s how it works.
Use your own body’s resistance to challenge your thighs! Use high reps for this exercise! Click here to see how to do it.
Get ready to squat like you’ve never squatted before! Add a jump at the end and land right back into your squat—repeat in succession over and over to really burn up your legs! Here’s how to do it!
To challenge your glutes and abs, try this gliding butterfly curl. Here’s how to do it.
Take your workout to a whole new level with jumping lunges! Lunge, power up into a jump and land softly. Repeat this move without a break for 30 to 60 seconds to get a lower body burnout! Get form instructions here.
Adding heavy dumbbells to this side lunge will have you feeling the burn in your entire lower half!. Here’s how to do it!
Sure, you remember enough of dance lessons to do a plié, but adding a heavy dumbbell or kettlebell takes it to another level. Here’s how to do it.
Pick one leg and send it back as you reach to the floor with the same-side hand. Touch the floor (that’s why it’s called a touchdown!) and immediately drive that back leg up into a knee lift. Use your arms to counterbalance. The quicker you move, the more you’ll fire the glutes and rely on the core. Add small hand weights if you want! See how you can incorporate this move into your workout by clicking here.
Not only will this move work your glutes, but also your hamstrings! Here’s how it works!
Not only will this move tone your legs and glutes, but also your upper body as well! Here’s how to do it!
The deadlift is the ultimate lower body toner. Getting your form right is critical. Here’s how it works.
Want to hit the inner and outer thighs all in one move? Then you’ll love the V-Opener! Make sure to keep your lower spine pressed into the ground to protect your back. Amp this move up by adding ankle weights or by placing a resistance band around your ankles. Learn how to do it by clicking here.
A fair warning, this one is not for beginners! You will actually be squatting on one leg. Here’s how to do it.
You will want to do a high amount of reps for this move, think 30 each side). Strap on an ankle weights for an extra burn! Here’s how it works.
Grab your resistance band and do some squat steps. They’ll work your quads and glutes! Here’s how it works.
You’ll feel this move in your core and your butt. For an added challenge, hold a dumbbell in the crook behind your knee! Click here for details.
Don’t forget about your hammies! This move will get your whole body involved; you’ll definitely feel it tomorrow. Here’s how to do the hamstring ball tuck.