Never Skip Leg Day

Se­ri­ous quad goals!

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY MARISSA GAINSBURG

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.

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