Get a Ripped Lower Body with This Energized Leg Workout by Liz Jackson

Elevate your leg day routine with this comprehensive lower body workout, designed to target major muscle groups for optimal strength and muscle development. Recent studies underline the importance of compound exercises like lunges, deadlifts, and squats for effective lower body training.


  • 5 minutes of walking or jogging to increase blood flow and prepare your muscles.

Lower Body Workout:

  1. Bodyweight Lunges:

    • Perform 2 sets of 24 reps (12 each side) to engage your quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
  2. Romanian Deadlifts and Sissy Squats Superset:

    • A. Barbell Deadlifts: 175lbs x 10 reps, followed by 25lbs Sissy Squats x 10 reps. Repeat for 4 sets, gradually increasing deadlift weight up to 215lbs.
    • Deadlifts are proven to effectively target your posterior chain muscles, essential for lower body strength.

According to a 2014 study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Romanian deadlifts are highly effective for emphasizing the hamstrings and glutes. This exercise allows greater weight to be lifted and is easier to progressively overload over time, making it ideal for strengthening the posterior chain.

  1. Bulgarian Split Squats and Pistol Squats Superset:

    • A. Bulgarian Split Squats: Start with 85lbs x 10 reps, then increase weight up to 105lbs.
    • B. Body Weight Pistol Squats: 10 reps each side.
    • This combination enhances balance and unilateral strength, vital for overall lower body development.

A 2010 study from the Journal of Sport Rehab and a 2016 study suggest that Bulgarian split squats heavily involve the hamstrings and glutes, and may be just as effective at increasing back squat strength as the back squat itself, while placing less strain on the lower back.

  1. Clean Grip Reverse Lunges and Barbell Glute Bridges Superset:

    • A. Reverse Lunges: 95lbs x 10 reps each side, increase to 100lbs.
    • B. Barbell Glute Bridges: Start with 150lbs x 15 reps, increasing up to 180lbs.
    • These exercises are key for targeting the glutes and hamstrings, as research suggests for maximum hypertrophy.
  2. Metabolic Conditioning (AMRAP - 10 minutes):

    • Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes:
      • 45lb plate overhead walking lunges (25 meters)
      • 35lb Kettlebell swings (22-20-18-16 reps)
      • Double-under practice (30 seconds)
    • This high-intensity circuit boosts endurance and burns calories, enhancing overall fitness.

This workout not only strengthens your lower body but also incorporates elements of balance, stability, and endurance. Studies show that such compound movements are more effective for building lower body muscle compared to isolation exercises. Remember to maintain proper form and adjust weights as needed for your fitness level.