Welcome back to another edition of Workout Wednesday! This week we'll be working on toning the lower body with a great leg burning workout. For this workout, you'll need a kettlebell and a set of dumbbells. So grab your gear, put on your favorite SHEFIT sports bra, and let's get going!
1. Jump Squats
Start in a squatted position, push off the ground and point your toes. Be sure to reach your arms about your head at the top! You can modify this move to be low-impact by simply squatting and reaching above your head. Say it with me ladies: compound movements! Compound movements work multiple large muscle groups and are extremely beneficial in your routine. You’ll feel the burn in your quads, hamstrings and glutes!
2. Weighted Lunges
Start standing with a dumbbell in each hand and feet together. Step one foot back into a lunge, and then step back to starting position. Switch legs and repeat.
3. Jumping Jacks
Start with feet together and arms at your sides, jump your feet out to the side and reach high above your head in a ‘Star’ like pattern. Now, these are not gym-class jumping jacks so make them large and proud as you bring your heart rate up and wake up the muscles in your back!
4. Single-Leg Deadlifts
Time to work our balance while working our legs! Keep a slight bend in your supporting leg. Hinge forward from the hip letting the kettlebell drift down to your shin. Stand straight, driving your hips forward. You can have your opposite leg out behind you or in a crouched position.
Repeat this circuit 3-4 times and cool down with some light cardio work. Make sure you stretch afterwards to ensure proper muscle recovery!