5 Exercises You Need to be Doing for a KILLER Legs Workout

5 Exercises You Need To Be Doing For A KILLER Legs Workout

A legs workout doesn’t have to be the same old, same old. You know what I mean – leg press, calf raises, adductor/abductor machine, etc. In fact, I can’t tell you the last time I did ANY of those exercises. 

I’m going to let you in on the 5 BEST leg exercises that you need to be doing for an absolutely KILLER legs workout! Let’s jump right in!

#1: Clamshell

This leg exercise is the first one I want to cover because, well, it really sets you up right for the rest of your legs workout. Clamshells help to strengthen and activate your glutes, so that you can perform the following 4 exercises better AND prevent injury. Talk about an all around AMAZING leg exercise! And yes, fellas, you should be doing this exercise too… it’s not just for the ladies! So the next time you hit a legs workout, do these first before any other exercise.

#2: Bulgarian Split Squats

I don’t think there are enough good things to say about bulgarian split squats! This unilateral (single leg) exercise challenges your balance and takes the pressure off your spine, allowing you to get really strong. There is a reason why the olympic strength and conditioning coaches have gotten rid of back squats and replaced them with bulgarian split squats. These should be a STAPLE in your legs workout. 

#3: Hip Thrust

Although you might feel uncomfortable and like everyone at the gym is staring at you doing this exercise, it’s worth it to push through those feelings and do hip thrusts! Hip thrusts create strong glutes which will protect your back. This exercise really allows you to focus on loading up the barbell and getting a lot of strength and power out of your hips (AKA GROW YOUR BOOTY). It’s VERY important that you watch our video on how to do hip thrusts properly.

#4: Kettlebell Swings

The kettlebell swing strengthens your core, glutes, quads, back, hamstrings, arms and delts. On top of that, it improves your balance and posture. An absolute MUST for your legs workout. 

#5: Goblet Squats

The goblet squat is an excellent exercise for not only your glute strength, but your core strength as well! This exercise focuses on your grip strength while working your quads, core, calves, and glutes. Your legs workout won’t be complete without doing these!


Adding the clamshell, hip thrust, bulgarian split squat, kettlebell swing, and goblet squat to your legs workout will not only give you amazing results that you can see, but also results that you can feel. You’ll increase your strength, your balance, and prevent injury when done correctly. 

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Written By: Katie Andres, Co-Owner of K Squared Fitness

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