So, I've only recently started reincorporating working out my legs because they were just plain tired from all the zumba, salsa, and running I had been doing. Going salsa dancing 3 times a week and practicing zumba routines throughout the day left my feet achy and my entire lower body weak. Life's all about balance isn't it? I decided leg strength is more important to me right now than anything else so I cut down on the running and most recently the salsa dancing and zumba practice 24/7. Now back to my dilemma this morning, I couldn’t remember how I split up my legs routine in the past. Brain fart!! I was majorly confused. Should I lift all the leg muscles at once? Zone in on the hams and glutes? Focus on quads and calves? For some reason, I just couldn’t make up my mind! I referred to some internet sources for inspiration:
Here's the routine I ultimately settled with: Most of the exercises were 3 sets, 10 reps
- Dumbbell lunges
- Wide grip overhead barbell split squat (I held a 10kg barbell over my head with a staggered stance, left foot in front of right and lunged down for 10 reps each side)
- Barbell straight-leg deadlift (I made sure to concentrate on squeezing my glutes when lifting the barbell back up- this helps to engage your hip muscles instead of your lower back)
- Single-leg standing dumbbell calf raise (I placed my foot that was doing the raise on a 20kg weight plate)
- Curtsy lunge with dumbbells
- Calf press on leg press machine 3 ways- toes pointed out, in, and straight (15 reps, 3 sets)
Dinner last night: Simple to make and o' so delicious!
love love love the smell of caramelized onions wafting in the house.. weird I know!!
hot sauced and ketchup eggs prior to my legs workout this morning.
Song of the day: "Let it go"- from the Step it up 2 soundtrack.. haha I'm such a nerd!! :)