What Bodyweight Exercises Will Tone My Lower Half?
The first exercise that comes to mind is the squat. This is a great exercise and is primarily associated with firming and toning the glutes. The squat doesn't stop there, though. When done with proper form, you will sculpt your legs and even strengthen your core. Don't forget to keep your back straight and abdominal muscles engaged (tightened).
Take a giant leap forward and bend your knee, being careful not to extend your knee over your toes. Raise back up and switch legs. Do about 15 on each side. This is great for sculpting and strengthening your legs.
Switch it up by stepping out to the side. Don't overdo it when you start, and keep an eye on where your knee is. These side lunges can help tone up those inner thighs.
Single Leg Deadlift
This is another good way to tone hamstrings and glutes. Stand on one foot. Keeping your back straight and your arms forward, bend forward at the hips until your upper body is parallel with the ground. Raise back up and repeat. Do 15 or more sets, and then repeat with the other leg.
Squats, lunges, side lunges and deadlifts are all simple moves that will get your lower half lean and toned. You don't need any special equipment, however, you can certainly add light hand weights, medicine balls and resistance bands to make the exercise more challenging.
There are many ways to modify these moves to up the difficulty level once you’ve mastered the basics. What's great about bodyweight exercises is that they can be done anywhere – your bedroom, living room, the park or a hotel room if you’re traveling. This can be an effective and quick workout for those days when you can't make it to the gym.
Should I Join A Gym?
If you would like more guidance and more options with your workout, a gym may be the perfect place for you. If you prefer social activities, such as group dance classes, spin classes or TRX, the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo is the place to go. With state of the art equipment, a huge menu of classes, trained, experienced staff and personal trainers, you will have everything you need to succeed. There is even a staff of certified massage therapists available at the gym.