The No-Squat Leg Workout

The other day my wife came home from the gym a little down. I asked her “how was your workout” to which she replied frustratedly that all the squat racks were being taken and she didn’t feel like leg day was as effective as it could have been. You ever been there before?! You’ve got the perfect workout all dialed up only to have it completely derailed when you show up by lack of equipment and too many people. That being said – today’s workout is for my wife the next time she finds herself in the gym on leg day without a squat rack to be seen! Here’s a killer circuit workout to carve your legs, butt, and hips:

You’ll perform this workout in three circuits. Perform Circuit 1 A-B-A-B-etc until all sets have been completed and then move on to Circuit 2. Complete circuits 2 and 3 in a similar A-B-A-B manner. Here we go!

Warm up. Bike, treadmill, elliptical, or rower – something to get the blood flowing and the muscles warmed up! 5-10 minutes!

Circuit 1

1. Walking Dumbbell Lunges.

lunges-with-dumbbells

Grab some dumbbells and take a little stroll. Alternating one leg in front of the other – make sure to take big steps so your knee doesn’t travel in front of your toe. 10 steps on each leg and then on to Single Leg Cable Deadlift

2. Single Leg Cable Deadlift.

single-leg-deadlift

It’s amazing what a horizontal line of pull does to a deadlift as compared to a vertical one! Try it out by performing a single leg deadlift on a low cable. One of the best glute exercises out there! 10 reps on each leg and then back to Walking Lunges

Repeat circuit 3 times and then move on to Circuit 2

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