7 Best At Home Exercises For Lean Legs That Aren’t Squats

I love working out at home…

It’s convenient, time efficient (because there’s no commute to the gym and back), and my post workout shower and meal are only a few steps away...

But if you’re relatively new to home workouts, you probably aren’t sure what to do…

What exercises will get you the best results in the shortest amount of time?

Can they really be as effective as the workouts I have when I go to the gym?

Well, I’m writing today to tell you that at home workouts can have just as much variety and intensity as workouts in the gym…

Especially when you’re working towards getting lean and sexy legs.

Here Are 7 Of The Best At-Home Exercises For Lean Legs…

And None Of Them Involves Squats...

1. Lunges

How To:

  • Keep your upper body straight, with your shoulders back and relaxed and your chin up (pick a point to stare at in front of you so you don't keep looking down). Flex your abdominals from start to finish to ensure that you keep your core tight.
     

  • Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle. Your other knee should come down to about an inch off the floor. Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position.
     

  • Alternate legs with every repetition.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg (20 repetitions total per set).

Muscles Worked: Quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, core

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2. Side Lunges

How To:

  • Stand with your back straight and your chest and chin up. Your feet should be hip-width apart. Flex your abdominals from start to finish to ensure that your core is tight.
     

  • Take a big step out to your right. Bend your right knee and push your butt back, keeping your left leg straight.
     

  • Alternate legs with every repetition.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg (20 repetitions total per set).

Muscles Worked: Quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, core

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3. Curtsy Lunges

How To:

  • Stand with your back straight and your chest and chin up. Your feet should be hip-width apart.
     

  • Step your right leg diagonally behind your left leg and bend your knees to lower into a lunge.
     

  • Push through your right heel to stand, and bring your right leg back to start.
     

  • Alternate legs with every repetition.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg (20 repetitions total per set).

Muscles Worked: Quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, core

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4. High Knee Toe Taps

For this exercise, you’ll need a chair or a small table or bench.

How To:

  • Stand to face a chair, small table or bench with your hands on your hips.
     

  • Keeping your back straight and your chest up, tap your left foot on the bench, then swap legs and tap your right foot
     

  • Alternate legs with every repetition.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg (20 repetitions total per set).

Muscles Worked: Quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, core

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5. Single-Leg Calf Raises

How To:

  • Stand with your back straight and your chin forward. Your feet should be hip-width apart with your hands on your hips.
     

  • Raise your left knee to hip level with your toes pointed.
     

  • Keep your core tight as you lift your right heel as high as you can off the floor, balancing on the ball of your foot.
     

  • Hold for three seconds and then lower your heel back down. Perform 10 repetitions and then switch legs.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg

Muscles Worked: Calves

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6. Side Leg Raises

How To:

  • Lie on one side with your legs out straight and stacked on top of each other. Prop your torso up with your forearm.
     

  • Lift your top leg toward the ceiling in a slow and controlled movement, lifting from your hip and butt, not your lower back. Keep your abdominals flexed.
     

  • Return to start.
     

  • Perform 10 repetitions and then repeat on the other side.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg

Muscles Worked: Abductors (outer thigh), glutes

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7. Inner Thigh Leg Raises

How To:

  • Lie on one side with your legs out straight and stacked on top of each other and your torso propped up on your forearm.
     

  • Cross your top leg over the bottom leg, bending at the knee, so that your top foot is in front of your bottom knee.
     

  • Lift your bottom leg toward the ceiling in a slow and controlled movement. Keep your torso stable and your abdominals flexed throughout.
     

  • Return to start.
     

  • Perform 10 repetitions and then repeat on the other side.

How Many:

  • 4 sets of 10 repetitions per leg

Muscles Worked: Adductors (inner thigh)

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There you have it!

7 of the best at home exercises for lean legs, that don’t include squats.

Feel free to mix and match these exercises to get great variety while working out in your living room, basement, or bedroom.

Oh, and you can always add squats to the mix, too…

Keep up the hard work!