Question of the Month: How do I train my legs?

Question: I am totally frustrated with the shape of my lower body, my butt is flat and saggy and my legs have no definition. What is the best exercise for someone who’s short on time? Signed, Frustrated.

My Answer: I find the best exercises for the lower body are lunges and step -ups. To get the best results, you need to vary the exercises by working from all different angles. I like front lunges, side lunges, curtsy lunges, rear lunges and pivoting lunges. I used a lot of the lunges on my Below the Belt Body Bar workout on the Total Body Express DVD. Keep in mind, you don’t have to do all the variations in a single workout, but do 2 of the variations of the lunges and add in some step ups. I love step ups, they are extremely effective in developing shape for both the thighs and the glutes. Once again l find it most effective to work from all angles, front, side, crossover, rear. You can find all these exercises on my Ready, Set, Super Set! DVD. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when working their legs is that they don’t use enough weight. To maximize results you need to work with at least a 15lb Body Bar or 10-15lb dumbbells. Don’t be scared of getting bulked up, you

I love step ups, they are extremely effective in developing shape for both the thighs and the glutes. Once again l find it most effective to work from all angles, front, side, crossover, rear. You can find all these exercises on my Ready, Set, Super Set! DVD.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to do all the variations in a single workout; Try to do 2 of the lunge variations and add step-ups.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when working their legs is that they don’t use enough weight. To maximize results, you need to work with at least a 15lb Body Bar or 10-15lb dumbbells. Don’t be scared of getting “bulked up” if you are a female; As a woman, you don’t have the hormonal makeup to develop big muscles. These exercises, with the right amount of resistance, will give you fast results. You could possibly see a difference in as little as four workouts.

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