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Quads & Glutes
Quads & Glutes
- Bulgarian Split Squat – 8 reps each leg – 4 sets
- Heel Elevated Goblet Squat – 10 reps – 4 sets
- Dumbbell Sumo Squat – 12 reps – 4 sets
- Walking Lunges(holding dumbbells) – 30 reps – 4 sets
- Calf Raises – 15 reps – 4 sets
Bulgarian Split Squat
Stand 2 to 3 feet in front of a knee-high platform or bench and position your right leg behind you resting your foot flat on the bench. Slowly lower down towards the ground and back up. The further out you place your front foot, the more you will be engaging your hamstrings and glutes, the closer is it to the bench the more you will engage quads. Another factor is your chest. The more you slightly lean forward, you will engage hamstrings and glutes, and the more upright your torso is will be more quad focused.
Stand the dumbbell up on its side and position your heels together on top of it. (you can also use a weight plate or wedge if that’s more comfortable) Position the other dumbbell in your palms comfortably and hold it close to your chest under your chin. Keep your chest up and your torso upright. Make sure you are pushing your knees out and not letting them cave in, I point my toes slightly out to help this. If you have never done this exercise before, don’t hold the weight until you feel comfortable.
Dumbbell Sumo Squat
Position your feet in a wide stance a few inches outside your shoulders with your toes pointed slight outward, doing this will help force your knees out. You never want your knees to be caving in at any time, you also don’t want your knees coming over your toes. Sit back into your heels as you squat down. Brace your core and keep your chest up with your chin tucked, this will help keep your spine in aline and keep your back from arching. Hold the dumbbell with both hands in-between your legs and relax your arms.
Walking Lunges(holding dumbbells)
Step out so your knee is bent in a 90 degree angle, your back knee should be in about a 90 degree angle as well. Push up through your front heel bring your back leg up. Repeat with the other leg. Make sure your are keeping your core tight and your torso up straight.
Leaning slightly into a wall or something else, perform calve raises by going all the way up on your toes and slowly back down to the ground. It’s important to do this slow and controlled getting the full range of motion each rep.