Perhaps even more than the health benefits, the biggest motivation for people to work out is because they want to look good. From the simplest of clothing, to a full on suit, working out ensures you look your best in whatever you're wearing.
It's time to bring the attention back to your legs by shaping them so they fit as good as your T-shirt does. Here are five exercises to really beef them up so you can rock those jeans.
BARBELL WALKING LUNGES
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The quads are essential to filling out those denim jeans. Grab yourself a barbell, and place it across the shoulders, shifting your feet to shoulder's width apart. Step the right leg forward, bending the knee so you assume lunge position. Move your body down until the left knee almost touches the ground, but have your back straight. Make sure your right knee does not bend beyond your right toes. Next, use your right heel to drive your body upwards into standing position. Next, bring your left leg forward, and go into lunge position again. Repeat this for 50 metres, and continue for as many sets needed.
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The calves are also another imperative part to place emphasis on. Stand with dumbbells in each hand, with your feet shoulder's width apart, and begin to raise your heels so you're in tip toe position. Hold it for one second, then return to standing position. Repeat for 30 seconds to a minute. To increase difficulties, put the front of your feet on a step or a slightly elevated platform.
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Sculpt your glutes with barbell hip thrusters. Find yourself a weight bench, and sit with your back against it. Have a barbell placed across your thighs, and have a pad on it for comfort, if necessary. Move it up to your hips, and begin to lean back onto the bench, so your shoulders blades rest on it. Use your heels and drive the movement up, so your back is straight, and your legs are bent at 90 degrees. Ensure your glutes are being squeezed as you reach the top of the movement. Then, slowly lower yourself to starting position. Repeat for as many reps necessary.
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Pistol squats are one of the hardest bodyweight squats to nail. Stand up straight, and have your arms extended before you, parallel to the floor. Raise one leg off the ground and hold it there. Begin to push your hips back, and lower your body. Go down into a squat, ensuring that your arms and leg remain extended. Pause for one second, before returning to the starting position.
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This bodyweight exercise also trains your core, so you have less of a muffin top. Begin in a toe touch position, then walk out with your hands until your body assumes push up position. Keep your core locked tight, then walk your feet forward so they near your hands. Repeat for 10 metres.
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