Build Strength with the Best Leg Exercises

The best leg exercises develop strength in the major muscles of your legs: quadriceps, hamstring, and calf (there are too many to name them all). The leg muscles enable you to bend and straighten at the hip and knee. They are used for such common actions as walking, running, jumping, bending, sitting down, standing up, and keeping your balance. They are essential muscles for every movement you make with your legs every day.

There are many best leg exercises, but my favorite, and one that exercises most of the muscles in your leg is called the Lunge. To do this exercise, stand with dumbbells held down at each side (if you're ready for them), and feet side by side. Take a "giant step" with your right foot, keeping your left foot stationary. Step far enough forward that your right knee is bent at a 90º angle, yet your left knee is not touching the floor. Make sure that your right knee is not forward of your right ankle. Without resting, push off with your right leg and return to the starting position. This is one rep. After completing the exercises with your right leg, do the same number with your left leg.

Keep These Things in Mind

Always breathe in as you step forward, and breathe out as you step back. Employ smooth, even motions throughout the exercise. Concentrate upon and try to feel the specific leg muscles doing the work as you lunge forward and push back. It is good, when beginning, to do this exercise in a hallway, where you can catch yourself on the walls if you lose your balance. Remember— anti aging that works requires you to work at anti aging.

Watch this video for further explanation and demonstration of the Lunge—


After completing one of the best leg exercises, move on to aerobic exercises.