The Ultimate Leg Workout

The Ultimate Leg Workout

Personal trainer John Peel is back at Total Gym Pulse to show us “The Ultimate Leg Workout” using The Total Gym home exercise machine. “Leg Day” is often dreaded because it is the most difficult exercise day of the week. However, this day is important for many reasons. First, working out your legs help you build more muscle. Leg exercises such as squats release growth hormones and testosterone more than any other exercise. Next, working your lower body also aids in working your upper body too. If injury is preventing you from working your upper body, you can prevent muscle loss by working the lower. Finally, having a well proportioned lower body makes for better symmetry. You don’t want to have a massive upper body then have small skinny legs!


John begins the workout with single leg squats. Lie on your back of the glide board of The Total Gym, place one leg on the squat stand and the other straight out in the air. Make sure to keep your hands up as you want all the work to come from your legs. Move all the way down pausing at the bottom then come back up. Be careful not to over extend your knee by keeping it at a slight bend. Do 20 reps on each leg.


The next exercise John demonstrates is a double leg squat. The goal with this exercise is to go half way up, down then all the way up. Start by lowering to the very bottom of the squat stand. Go up halfway and come back down. From here, extend your legs all the way up. This will be considered 1 rep. Do 15 reps total before moving onto the final exercise.


Finally, John shows us a leg exercise to work the calf muscles. Turn around and lie your stomach on the glide board. Raise one foot up and extend the other getting as high as you can up on your toes. Do 20 reps of this exercise on each leg. John ends the segment by reminding us to stay slow and controlled throughout the entire workout because that is how you will build muscle effectively. He points out that a big advantage to working out your legs on The Total Gym is not having to put weight on your back which can hurt your lower back, knees and joints. Stick to these slow and controlled exercises and you will be on your way to stronger legs!

We would like to thank John Peel for joining us today and showing us a great workout for our lower body using The Total Gym. If you would like to learn more about Total Gym so you can do a workout similar to what you saw today please visit us at Total Gym Direct. Look for more great workouts from John exclusively on Total Gym Pulse!

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