Tone Up Tuesday: Leg Circuit
Happy Tone Up Tuesday -- we're tackling a leg circuit today, and I'm so surprised at how quickly leg workouts have become my absolute favorite! A couple of months ago before starting 21 Day Fix, you could find me bemoaning anything that had to do with my glutes, quads, or calves. Even before having Arya, I never enjoyed working my lower body because I honestly just didn't have the strength. But duh! -- because I cheated working those muscle families, they never got any stronger! Now that I'm in the middle of 21 Day Fix (Round 3), I've started to see my hard work pay off in two ways. One -- my muscles are physically stronger, so I'm able to use my own body weight as resistance. And two -- I can make it through a full workout without taking the modifications. AND a bonus -- I'm officially logging two-a-days a few times a week, incorporating barre3 classes and quick circuits into my weekly routine. Perfect proof that it can take multiple rounds of completing a program, before those initial changes become a constant!
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TIP: This variation is great to avoid any kind of knee strain. Find support by holding onto a bar, countertop, or railing. Standing on one leg, extend the other leg. Use your other arm to find balance, then lower all the way down. Stay grounded in your supporting leg and keep your core engaged while using your standing leg to raise up. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps on each leg. Make sure to keep your chest up as well!
TIP: With the kettlebell in a tight grip, start with your feet a bit wider than hips distance apart. Maintain proper squat form by keeping your chest up (and core engaged), then thrust upwards using your hamstrings, your glutes, and your quads! Complete 3 sets of 10 reps.
Single Leg RDL
TIP: This one targets your hamstrings, glutes, and core! Stand with feet grounded hips distance apart, and grip your dumbell with both hands. Hinge forward keeping your weight in your standing leg with a slight bend, and begin lifting the opposite leg. Keep your back naturally arched, bend at your hips, and lower your torso until it’s almost parallel to the floor. Squeeze your glutes, thrust hips forward, and raise your torso back to the starting position. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps.