Today I invited my friend, Tara from A Daily Dose of Fit, to share with us a super fun lower body workout. She is amazing and a wealth of knowledge! I know you will leave inspired and ready to try the workout!
Hey friends! My name is Tara and I am an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and the writer behind A Daily Dose of Fit. I absolutely love putting together workouts for my clients and my readers, and I’m thrilled to be doing the same for all of you today. It is, after all “Workout Wednesday.” You can catch a 30-Minute Upper Body Workout on my site from last week, and I’ve got a 30-Minute Lower Body Workout for you today. Use them together to create a 60-Minute Workout, or use them separately if you’re splitting up your workouts. It’s up to you!
As always, please be kind to your body. If strength training is completely new to you, please consult with your physician before you begin. Better safe than sorry, correct? At the very least, modify as needed to meet your individual needs. While I build each and every workout with safety in mind, without knowing your specific medical history, it’s hard to say whether or not this workout is, in fact, right for you.
That said, here’s the workout:
Equipment use is minimal. Really, you only need a jump rope, some weights and a box or bench onto which you can jump. If you don’t have a jump rope, you can always fake it! If you don’t have anything you can jump on, turn the jumps into squats and add weights.
A couple of notes about the exercises themselves:
1) The dead lifts should be done with straight legs. And by “straight,” I’d like you to maintain a soft bend in the knee.
2) Start your wide-leg bench jumps by straddling a standard bench, then jump up onto the bench. Be sure you’re tall enough for this, and if you aren’t, try something lower like a BOSU or another steady bench. Your legs should absolutely not touch the bench, ever.
3) To add weight to your hip presses, you can rest a weight plate across your hips as you lie down on the floor, or use a loaded barbell and position yourself with your shoulders on a bench before lifting and lowering.
4) Banded side steps are best done with a wide elastic band, positioned around both legs at the same time at the height of your calf muscles. Proceed to step right, completing all repetitions before stepping back to the left.
Hopefully this all makes sense to you!
Thank you Tara for sharing with us this super fun 30-minute lower body workout! I look forward to trying it this week!