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Exercises to strengthen your legs: strengthening legs through exercises

 

Exercises to strengthen your legs - Exercises to strengthen your legs: strengthening legs through exercises
Exercises to strengthen your legs
Specific exercises can strengthen certain muscles in the legs: the quadriceps (at the front of the thighs) and the hamstrings (at the back of the thighs).

Quadriceps
The "sitting on an invisible chair" exercise: Stand with your feet apart and parallel with the width of your hips, stretch your arms out in front of you and lower yourself gently until your thighs are parallel with the floor.

Lift up, but not so far that your legs are completely stretched out, and repeat.

> Do 2 to 3 sets of 20 reps quite slowly, with 2 minutes rest between the sets.

Hamstrings
Sit on a mat with your hands on the floor and a foot against the wall. Bend your other leg and place your foot up in the air.

Using your foot as a support, lift your pelvis then lower it to ground level without sitting down fully then lift again.

> Do 3 to 6 sets of 10 reps on each leg, with 2 minutes rest between each set.
 




  
  

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