A strong lower body is crucial for all aspects of your physical fitness—whether you’re looking to improve your sports performance, performance at the gym, or just your overall functional fitness. And yes, we said “strong lower body.” Yet it’s pretty common for most fitness enthusiasts to avoid leg exercises in their daily routine. This is a big mistake. Not only does this create a top heavy asymmetric physique, it also increases your risk of getting injured.

We get it, leg exercises aren’t glamorous. You won’t see any gold medals for someone who can leg press an incredible amount of weight. Bodybuilders and powerlifters aren’t going up to each other asking how much their legs can curl. But when it comes to your physique, your body, and your overall performance it’s important that you focus and incorporate these lower body exercises in your routine even if its just for one day.

Leg exercises aren’t just for calves and hamstrings, in fact most leg exercises by nature are compound movements working additional muscle groups without you even knowing. Lower-body movements have the ability to work your core muscles, which in turn will improve your balance and posture. It can also grant you the added benefits of improving other aspects of your fitness goals such as improving grip strength, mobility, and stability. It all depends on your goals and how you incorporate these exercises.

For the sake of your physique and training results, here are 30 strength-building lower body exercises to ensure you never skip leg day.

The 45-minute Leg Workout Routine

The 45-minute Leg Workout Routine

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