Never Skip Leg Day
Serious quad goals!
If you think of exercising your body as investing in the markets, your lower half is the safest bet for maximum returns. “The muscles here – your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves – are the largest, so collectively, they possess the most potential to change your physique,” says strength coach Lee Boyce. Every time you engage all that muscle-fibre power at once, you burn more kilojoules per rep. And doing that regularly is like throwing petrol on your body’s metabolic braai fire, helping you torch more fat around the clock. In fact, “I’ve seen female clients successfully lose a few centimetres off their waist and hips in as little as six weeks by adding targeted lower-body weightlifting to their weekly routine,” says Boyce. There are literally dozens upon dozens of exercises that’ll blast your legs, but the four you’ll meet here are the most beneficial. Each emphasises crucial movement patterns for a lean yet powerful lower body and we’ve amped them up – either in the form of resistance, stance or elevation – to better challenge the glutes for an increased metabolic effect. At the risk of financespeak overkill, add ’em to your portfolio and watch the dividends roll in.