I've been struggling a lot with motivation for the past month. This has been the first week back in the gym and I'm loving it! It helps me feel better and gets rid of my anxiety. Today I focused on my favorite thing to work out: LEGS! What girl doesn't love working out legs! I love thick thighs and a big booty. Here are some of my leg day essentials.
First thing is the leg press. I usually do one plate (45lbs) on each side to warm up. I'll gradually go up to five plates on each side and man do my thighs burn! Today I only did three plates on each side because my legs were still sore from a leg day a few days ago.
Next is squats! Even though I can leg press a lot, I definitely can't squat a lot. I'll do one warm up set with 25lbs and gradually go to 45 pounds on each side. I'm still trying to work on my form and not do that "butt wink". I usually do three or four sets with my boyfriend being my spotter just in case I fail. I also take off my shoes while doing squats so I can feel myself on my heels more and push through my butt.
I love working on my hamstrings and this is one of my favorite hamstring exercises! I use 30lb dumbbells and go as low as I can to feel my hammies while attempting to keep my legs straight. The secret is to push your hips back rather than to just bend with your back. This burns!
My number one workout for leg day is this outer thigh machine. Usually I'll sit with my butt completely on the seat and do light weight but high reps, or start off at 40lbs and make my way up to 10lbs doing dropset. Sometimes I'll even put it to a higher weight like 80lbs and sit off of the seat to do this. It really burns your outer butt area and it feels AMAZING. Definitely something I do every leg day.
The last thing I did today was the stairmaster. I'll usually do about 15-20 minutes on level 8 either at the beginning or at the end of my workout. Today I chose to do it at the end. #30minutestairgang
This is not all I do for leg day, but these are my ESSENTIALS. I like to split my leg days to two days per week, one day quad and calf focused, and the other hamstring and glute focused.
I will post more of my workouts soon. Hope you enjoyed my leg day!
By the way, I recently bought the red leggings from Victorias Secret, the knockout tight. They were on sale for $40 and I had a gift card from a while ago so I decided to buy it. I highly do NOT recommend these leggings if you are a heavy sweater like me. By the end of my workout, my crotch area and some of my butt area had sweat showing through. Another thing I noticed is it has a line going right across where your butt crack is. This line makes your butt look very flat! I will probably not wear these to the gym ever again, but I will wear them for leisure or if I travel somewhere cold.