The Best Leg Exercises to Build a Stronger, More Muscular Lower Body

Squats

Targeting quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, squats are a fundamental lower body exercise

Lunges

Strengthening quads, hamstrings, and glutes, lunges also improve balance and coordination

Deadlifts

Engaging hamstrings, glutes, and lower back, deadlifts are excellent for overall lower body strength

Bulgarian Split Squats

Working one leg at a time, these target quads, hamstrings, and glutes while improving balance

Leg Press

A machine-based exercise that targets quads, hamstrings, and glutes with controlled resistance

Step-Ups

Strengthening quads, hamstrings, and glutes, step-ups also improve single-leg stability

Glute Bridges

Isolating the glutes, glute bridges improve hip extension and strengthen the posterior chain

Calf Raises

Targeting the calves, calf raises improve ankle stability and lower leg strength

Box Jumps

A plyometric exercise that develops explosive power in the legs

Leg Curls

Isolating the hamstrings, leg curls strengthen the back of the thighs

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