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HIIT Workouts for Legs

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HIIT Workouts for Legs

HIIT (high-intensity interval training) has been taking the fitness world by storm, but it’s still relatively unknown by anyone other than fitness fanatics. HIIT might just be the most effective way to lose weight — for even the casual exerciser — so it’s worth a try.

HIIT’s principle: Use high-intensity workouts to build strength and endurance. These workouts consist of short, intense, periodic bursts of activity immediately followed by an active rest period. And HIIT leg workouts won’t disappoint — they slim thighs and strengthen legs. Try adding these to your routine.

Lateral Jumps

Lateral jumps might seem simple, but as long as you’re doing them in proper form, your cardio, strength and endurance will be pushed to their limits within seconds.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Jump out of your stance sideways towards the right side, then cross your left foot behind the right foot with a slightly bent forward posture.
  • From that position, repeat with your other foot for as many reps as you can.

Jump Squats

Here’s another straightforward exercise that offers remarkable results. To do a jump squat,

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Hold your arms out in front of you, and slowly lower your butt straight down.
  • Make sure your butt doesn’t go lower than your knees.
  • At the bottom of that range of motion, push yourself away from the ground in an explosive, upward jump.
  • Land on your feet with your knees slightly bent, never locked, to absorb the shock of your jump and prevent injuries.

Dumbbell Squat

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with a dumbbell in each hand, and slowly lower your butt straight down.
  • Make sure to hold your head facing forward, keep your eyes looking straight ahead, and keep your spine in a 90-degree angle to your knees.
  • Reach down as far as possible with the dumbbells and then come back to starting position.

Double Butt Kick

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and pointing forward.
  • Then jump up as high as you possibly can and try to kick your heels up to meet your butt in mid-air before landing on the ground in the starting position.
  • Be sure to bend your knees and flex your ankles to absorb the impact of the landing.

Dumbbell Lunges

  • Again, start with your feet shoulder-width apart and pointing forward while holding a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Step forward with one foot while the other remains in its original position.
  • Bend both knees into an almost kneeling position but don’t let either knee touch the ground.
  • After getting as low as possible, return to the starting position and repeat with the other foot.

Any of these exercises — or a combination of them — can boost endurance and strength for muscle groups in the legs including the glutes, quads and hamstrings.

Sources

  • Livestrong.com
  • Bodybuilding.com

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