One of my favorite days of the week has arrived.
Today is leg day, which means that I’m extremely pumped to go to the gym and put in some work. Just like every other girl out there, I love to work my legs and my glutes. To be honest with you, I’m lacking goods in the upper part of my body, so you know my bottom half has to make up for it!
As much as I love leg day, I do want to mention that I truly enjoy working my upper body as well. It’s all about being proportionate. Trust me, having toned arms and a nice back is pretty cool. Don’t be afraid to grab some weights and focus on building those arms. The biggest misconception you’ll ever hear is that lifting weights makes girls ‘bulky.’ Don’t get me wrong, if your goals are to build tons of muscle, it can be done. However, building muscle takes TIME, so lifting light weights a couple of times won’t give you that highly noticeable bicep-ball some people have.
Back to the subject at hand…
Before I even begin my workout, I set up a killer playlist. I’m one of those persons that needs to be completely deaf and in my zone while I’m working out. I need to feel my body vibrate with the music and get motivated by it. To all those wondering, I tend to listen to some EDM, rap and reggeaton while exercising. The beat is just perfect.
After my playlist is set up, I start thinking of what I’m going to do. You guys know I love doing supersets, so my leg routine is both fast-paced and complex. I try to hit every muscle through isolation exercises, because I’ve noticed that I’m stronger on the right side of my body than on my left side. I tend to begin with the compound exercises that require most of my energy, which are squats and deadlifts. What I do is that once I’ve completed a set of squats, I incorporate some body-weight cardio by using lighter weights or bands. For example, as soon as I’m done with my first set of squats in the squat rack, I’ll do jump squats in the smith machine with 30 pounds. By doing that, I keep my heart rate up and my legs burning.
I like sticking with different variations of the same basic exercises, because they work for me. As long as you keep pushing yourself and adjusting the weight accordingly, there’s no reason to get all fancy. Personally, I can’t leave the gym on leg day without doing some form squats, deadlifts, lunges, step-ups, kickbacks and hamstring curls.
As previously mentioned, I alternate the weight that I use. Typically, I’ll do two leg days a week – one heavy weight and the other light weight. By doing that, I focus on toning my legs instead of growing them. I try to switch up my routine each time I train, because I don’t want my body to get too comfortable. Besides, it’s always great to have a little fun and try new things so you don’t get bored.
To summarize, on leg day remember to…
Create a killer playlist.
Play around with different variations of the basic exercises.
Incorporate some band and body-weight movements.
Find what works for you.
In the next few days, I will be posting a detailed blog on every single exercise that’s included in my leg routine, so stay tuned!