Whether you're in it for the short-shorts or you want to improve your walking game, strong legs are at the top of many people's most-desired list. Taking your leg training seriously is about a lot more than just aesthetics or overall strength, though. Some of the biggest, most active muscles in our bodies are located below the waist, so training them is not only good for those muscles, but also for the rest of your body in which they support.
For example, if you suffer from low-back pain, strengthening your
Clearly, strong, healthy legs can lead to more than you may think. Rather than doing a million squats and hoping for your desired results, though, it's important to work all the muscles in your legs. Before you head to the gym for your next leg day, familiarize yourself with 10 of the most effective exercises for the six major muscle groups and get to work.
Stability Ball Hamstring
Adductors and Abductors
The adductor group of muscles in the hip is composed of the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor
Adductor: Dead Bug with Ball Squeeze
Abductor: Side Plank with Abduction
The quadriceps group, or quads,
Jump RopeWhile all of these exercises can be incorporated into your leg day or full-body routine, these are not the end all be all. Each of these exercises has been proven to effectively target the specific muscle group to help build strong, stable legs, but there are hundreds of