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The Best Exercises for Weak Legs

Nov 29, 2023 | Lower Body

Are weak legs slowing you down?

When it comes to building leg strength, it’s important to focus on compound movements instead of isolating ones.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the importance of compound exercise for combatting weak legs and provide step-by-step instructions on performing two essential leg-strengthening exercises.

Compound exercises involve multiple muscle groups and joints working together to perform a movement.

Compound exercises target several muscle groups simultaneously, making your workouts more effective and efficient. With one compound exercise, you can engage muscles in your legs, back, core, and more.

Additionally, compound exercises require coordination and balance, which can help prevent injuries and improve overall stability.

Finally, compound movements mimic real-life activities, enhancing your functional strength.

Whether you’re lifting groceries or picking up your grandchild, the strength gained from compound movements translates into improved performance.

If you’re struggling with weak legs, squats and deadlifts are two effective compound movements you can perform to build strength.

Here is how to do them properly:

How to Perform a Squat

Squats are great for strengthening weak legs, as they target the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back.

To perform a squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your chest up and your shoulders back.

Push your hips back and bend your knees. Keep your back straight and lower yourself as if sitting back in a chair. Make sure your knees don’t extend past your toes.

Push through your heels, engage your core, and return to the starting position by extending your hips and knees simultaneously.

Complete two to three sets of 10 reps.

How to Perform a Deadlift:

Deadlifts are also ideal for strengthening weak legs as they work the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back.

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Keep a very slight bend in your knee.

Sail your hips backward, keeping your chest up, back straight, and shoulders back. Your arms should be fully extended, and your weight should be on your heels.

Stand up straight, making sure to lock out your hips and shoulders.

Complete two to three sets of 10 reps.

Compound exercises like squats and deadlifts are essential for building leg strength, enhancing mobility, and achieving your goals efficiently.

With the right technique and consistency, you’ll be well on your way to stronger legs!

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