As your local Royal Oak personal trainer, I have a request… turn on the television and watch the commercials on any given day. Chances are strong there will be at least one – if not dozens – of advertisements for new and improved machines and contraptions designed to help shape the body, tone muscles and trim fat.
While some machines are well worth the expense, the reality is that standard exercises often work the best. This is especially so when it comes to strengthening, toning and shaping the legs. If these areas need work, there’s no reason to spend cash. Just invest a little time doing squats and lunges to get the desired results.
Squats and lunges are age-old exercises that have been mainstays in workout routines for years simply because they do work, Royal Oak personal trainers from Fusion Fit know this and build upon these staple exercises. These moves don’t call for special machines, no contraptions are required and what’s even better is that they can be performed almost anywhere.
To get the most out of squats and lunges, however, it’s important to follow the proper form. When these exercises are performed correctly, they will produce noticeable results.
How To Get Results With Squats
Squats are fairly simple exercises to perform. To get even better results with this particular exercise, it can be helpful to use medium-weights that are held over the shoulders or at the sides during repetitions. Royal Oak personal trainers would assist you in picking the proper weight size.
To perform a squat, just stand with the feet about hip-width apart. If using weights, place them in the most comfortable position (over the shoulders or at the sides). Now, while keeping the abs engaged, bend the needs and lower into a squatting position. Try to make sure the knees are behind the toes and that the back is straight. Once this position is attained, push into the heels to stand upright and then repeat. A good number of reps is about 10 to 12.
Lunges Can Work Wonders
This is another fairly simple exercise that can be enhanced by holding weights. Again Royal Oak personal trainers would assign the appropriate weight limit for best results. To properly perform a lunge just follow these steps:
- Stand with the feet about three feet apart
- Bend knees and lower the body into a lunge position – this means keeping the leading knee behind the toes
- Make sure the torso is held straight while pushing through the front heel and back into the starting position. When a lunge is performed properly, the back leg will almost extend into a kneeling position.
Roughly 10 to 12 reps can help with leg conditioning.
If it’s time to trim, tone and develop leg muscles, there’s no reason to run out and buy costly equipment. Lunges and squats can produce the desired results without breaking the bank. What’s even better is that both exercises can be done anywhere.