Over the past few years I’ve really learned to love working my lower body.
Believe it when I say, I use to despise working legs. I hated the feeling of so much lactic acid running though my legs & I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t fit into my skinny jeans after a leg workout.
Since, I’ve become to love the pumped feeling & I no longer wear jeans. 🙂
Working my legs is something that I LOVE. It’s probably my favourite workout day. Along with shoulders, chest & back. lolz!
Tabata truly can kick some serious ass. Sometimes I’d much rather spend 12 minutes (or 4!) at home, rather than going to the gym.
But that’s all the fun in exercise right. There is no right & wrong – overall any & all forms of exercise is much better than no exercise.
& today’s workout – you won’t need anything but your timer & yourself.
What You’ll Need
+ Gymboss Timer
+ Exercise Mat
Set your timer for 8 rounds; 10 seconds rest & 20 seconds (which is where you go HARD!)
This is one tabata round.
Complete 3 separate tabata rounds; one for each exercise.
Tabata #1: Jump Lunges
Tabata #2: Knee Down & Up
Tabata #3: Plank Triangles
The Exercises Explained
JUMP LUNGES: Begin standing with one foot in front of you and your opposite foot behind you. Bend both of your knees, the one in front of you should not go over your toe & the one behind you should lower to the ground, but not touch it. Jump up into the air as high as you can while switching leg positioning in mid air. Complete as many jump lunges as you can for each 20 second interval.
KNEE DOWN & UP: Begin standing, place one as far as you can behind you while bending your knees and lowering your body to the ground. Keep a straight back and bring your chest into your knee in front of you. As soon as your toes behind you touch the ground, release and push upwards off your opposite leg; using your hamstrings, quads & abs to pull yourself upwards. Immediately bring the knee that was behind you, upwards into your chest. This is one rep. Complete all reps on the same side and switch sides after every 20 second interval.
PLANK TRIANGLES: Begin in a plank position, with palms on the ground, lift your one leg up into the air as high as you can, toes pointing to the ceiling, lower your leg out to the side and return back to starting position without placing your toes back on the ground. Complete all reps on one side for one 20 second round, then switch to the opposite side. Continue alternating sides every 20 second interval.
The jump lunges in form of tabata for me is really hard – which is why I started with them. Before doing the workout I thought that having the plank triangles last would be easy – but of course, I was wrong. My thighs were burning by the time I got to the plank triangles that it was so hard to squeeze my glutes & hams while bringing my leg up.
….with that being said. It doesn’t look hard, so try it.
Let me know what you think.