Not only are you building lean muscle and definition in every inch of your lower body, but you’re building even strength.
No fancy equipment needed.
Sometimes we get so caught up with fancy equipment and complicated moves that we overlook how well the basics work. Or we’re so focused on going as fast and as hard as we can that we rush things a bit and don't get the most bang for our buck with every rep.
The truth is you don’t always need a ton of weights to get an effective strength workout, and you don’t always need a ton of sweat to get the hot-body goals you’re after. This lower-body workout is all about working the sometimes neglected and overlooked spots on your lower half using nothing but an exercise bench.
By integrating unilateral movements like the stepup and hip thrust, you can help spot and correct any muscular imbalances in your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. So not only are you building lean muscle and definition in every inch of your lower body, but you’re building even strength. (And, you get a little bonus balance challenge to boot!)
The other key benefit of this routine is that each exercise forces you to keep your core fully engaged with every rep, which builds core stability. And we’re not just talking abs here; these moves are working your butt, back, obliques, and all! That will not only help slim your waistline, but it can also help reduce or prevent low back pain, among other injuries.
You can do this circuit on its own, or add it before or after a cardio workout. It may seem basic, but by mixing it into your regular routine, you’ll be stronger and better prepared to go balls to the wall in your next HIIT class or on your next run.