The past week my legs have been talking crazy to me–well, more like screaming incessantly. Saying things like, “Bri, what in the world are you trying to do? kill us?!” I feel like I am back running in my high school track days after the first week of conditioning. It’s painful, it hurts. I don’t want to move or get out of bed—- but it feels so good. Why? Because I know my new butt/ thigh workouts are working and I am going to see the results!
My goal lately has been to focus on learning how to lift weights properly and incorporate them in my workouts to “target tone.” (yes, I made that up. :))
Here, I want to share with you the butt/thigh/leg workout I have been doing the past week to make me feel the burn! (I use the barebell)
Exercise 1: Alternating Stepping Back Lunges
Set 1: Warm-up set No Weight
Set 2: 5lbs per side 20 reps per leg
Set 3: 10lbs per side 15 reps per leg
Set 4: 15lbs per side 12 reps per leg
Exercise 2: Single Leg Stepping Back Lunges
3 Sets with 20lbs 8-12 reps per leg
Exercise 3: One leg Squat Back foot on bench
3 sets 8-12 reps with 10lbs
Exercise 4: Step Ups
2 Sets of 8-12 reps 10lbs
Exercise 5: Wide Squats
2 Sets of 8-12 reps using 20lbs
This was a workout I found online a while ago, but of course had to modify a bit for myself since I am really just a beginner in this area. I have strong legs because of my experience with track and other excerices (i.e. cycling), but adding weights into my exercise routine has definitely been a challenge and kicked my workouts up a notch!
Worried about form? I have found that YouTube is a great resource for workout videos that show you the proper form when doing these exercises!
Don’t worry this workout with have you huffing, puffing, moaning and groaning, BUT push through! Remember–no pain, no gain. It’s amazing how only after 2 workouts, I could already see results, so give it a try!