Workout Routines

Today's Workout 52: The lower-body routine for tree trunk legs

The combination of four different squat and lunge variations will build serious mass in your quads, glutes, and hamstrings.

Mike Simone Does Barbell Front Squat During Lower-Body Workout
Duration 30-45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

When it comes to bulking up your lower body, there are two exercises that'll never steer you wrong—squats and lunges. This straightforward, mass-building routine takes those two exercises to the next level by introducing a barbell into the mix.

A series of barbell front squats, barbell reverse and forward lunges, and a finishing set of bodyweight squats (to give your legs just a little bit of rest) will stack size onto your quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Incorporate this routine into your weekly regimen and say goodbye to scrawny legs. 

Directions

You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll complete each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've finished all exercises, rest for 60 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for 5 to 8 rounds.

Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest period. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.

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Today's Workout 52 The lower-body routine for tree trunk legs (do 5-8 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Front Squat You'll need: Barbell How to
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-- sets
5 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Reverse Lunge You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
5 (each side) reps
0 sec. rest
Perform this exercise holding a barbell, as shown in the video.

Exercise 3.

Walking Lunge You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
5 (each side) reps
0 sec. rest
Perform this exercise holding a barbell, as shown in the video.

Exercise 4.

Bodyweight Squat You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
25 reps
60 sec. rest
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