Leg Exercises for Women: Hamstrings, Quads & Calves
List of Leg Exercises for Women
Step-by-Step Instructions and Videos
Click on the links for more information and step-by-step video instructions for each exercise.
Hamstrings, Back of thigh
Location: Back of upper leg
Anatomical name: Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus and Semimembranosus
Best Hamstring Exercises
Quads, Quadriceps, Front of Thigh
Location: Front of upper leg
Anatomical name: Vastus medialis, Vastus lateralis, Vastus intermedius, Rectus femoris
Inner Thigh Exercises
Outer Thigh Exercises
Location: Back of lower leg
Anatomical name: Triceps surae (Gastrocnemius and soleus)
Calf Muscle Exercises
Leg workouts can be done many ways:
- with free weights,
- with weight machines,
- with no weights at all,
- with exercise bands,
- at home,
- in the gym, etc.
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Benefits of Working Our Legs
It's common knowledge that women generally have more lower body strength than upper body strength. So we might be tempted to ignore this part of our weight training routine in favor of upper body exercises, but there are several reasons we should be sure to do full body workouts and not ignore any part of our bodies.
Leg exercises for women have several benefits:
- Slim, and
- Build muscles in our legs.
This helps us in our every day tasks, but is also excellent for
- Sports training,
- Stability and balance,
- Improved bone density,
- Joint flexibility, and
- Improved coordination and agility.
Plus, doing leg exercises for women just makes our legs look great!
Getting All-Around Great Legs
Whether you want to lose fat, build muscle, or just want to shape and tone your legs, you'll have to work for it.
A great all-round program for your legs is the Killer Quads
program written by 20-year female bodybuilding veteran, Karen Sessions. The title is a little misleading as her e-book doesn't only focus on quads, but on all the muscles in our legs.
I strongly recommend you visit Karen's website to see what her program can do for you. Just click on this link to go directly to the Killer Quads site.
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