Lower-Body Workout with a Sweaty Finisher

Hi friends!

How have you fared in 2017 so far? I’m feeling really positive today as I just got back from the gym (hello endorphins, my sweet, sweet friend). Before that, I had an appointment with a physical therapist. I’ve made a lot of progress in the gym for the past few months in terms of my injury; I’m experiencing a lot less knee pain and when I do, it’s not as intense. Walking, however, is another story – Whenever I walk for more than a short distance my knee and hip start hurting. So now I’m getting help with fixing my broken body.

After she, the physical therapist, screened me and made a few tests, it’s clear that I lack stability around the hip joint and that it’s compensating for my weak knee – this whole thing makes my body uneven. But, with time (I’m not going to get my hopes up for a quick fix, all the progress I’ve made so far has been slow and only came through hard work) I should be able to walk and run pain-free. This is the goal I mentioned, then she added another one: being able to squat. Right now holding the bottom position in a squat – I forced myself to do it anyway in a yoga class a while ago because I’m not smart and I couldn’t do anything for a week. It would be so amazing if I’ll be able to start squatting again, even if it’s without weight.

So that’s why I’m feeling very optimistic today!

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Now, let’s have a look at the workout.

I asked you on Instagram which of my two workouts from this week you’d rather see- and the vote was completely tied! I suppose that means I’ll have to share the ab workout too another day.

This is a strength workout, so remember to use a weight you find challenging and so you’d be unable to complete a few more reps with good technique.

Workout breakdown

  • Warm up on bike, 10 minutes
  • Foam rolling and dynamic stretching of the lower body.
  • Deadlifts 5 x 4
    • Build up by doing a few warm up sets first
  • Lunge on bosu ball 3 x 12
    • This exercise is good for building knee stability. Be careful not to let your knee fall inwards.
    • Alternatively, you can do regular lunges with weight if knee stability isn’t an issue for you
  • One leg squat with elevated heel 3 x 12
  • Side lunge 3 x 12
  • Box jumps 8 x 4
  • Leg press 3 x 12
  • Leg curls 3 x 12
  • Leg extensions 3 x 12
  • Crosstrainer/running intervals
    • Work for 1 minute as fast as you can, then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat 10 times (more or less, depending on your current level)
  • Cool down with a bit of stretching if you feel like it

That finishing interval is so hard, but it feels so good afterwards. And sweaty. Very sweaty.

Proof:

Have a great workout!


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A strength & muscle buillding workout for the legs and butt with a sweaty finisher
A strength & muscle buillding workout for the legs and butt with a sweaty finisher
A strength & muscle buillding workout for the legs and butt with a sweaty finisher

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