Doing the legwork at the gym

Doing the legwork at the gym

By Jessica Ward

Let’s face it, our legs do a lot for us and deserve some extra attention.  Strong and balanced leg muscles keep us moving and protect the joints from injury, especially the vulnerable knee joint.

Walkers, runners and sportspeople all need to condition their legs for the exercise they want to do. The three parts of the legs that can be improved by exercise are hips, thighs and calves. You can’t improve joint strength, but working the muscles correctly will support the joints and help to prevent problems.

Here are three ways to liven up your workout and strengthen those hard working ‘pins’ at the gym:

Once you’ve done those, here are some more ideas for leg strengthening in the gym.

Do make sure that the machine is set correctly for your build and that that you know how to use it. Never hesitate to ask the staff for help; guessing can cause injuries

Strong legs let us get out and about more – so give your legs some love!

 

Comments

Clare R.
13 October 2014

Clare R.

I followed some of the links - interesting to find out that some hip abductor exercises are very controversial. Happily not the standing ones mentioned here.

Trevor D.
10 October 2014

Trevor D.

my poor knees would definitely benefit from this - time for those calf raises!

Sasha B.
6 October 2014

Sasha B.

Very true that you should strengthen your legs for sport. I learned the hard way after a knee and thigh injury that the foundation of strong legs is so important before you go and run 10K!!

Olga N.
5 October 2014

Olga N.

My legs have been a little neglected since I started on the weights so I really must put some of these into action - thanks!

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