Not everyone is blessed with va-va-voom legs from birth. Some of us, like yours truly, have to work hard to achieve shapely and proportional gams worthy of a flirty miniskirt. Luckily, we have the The Peninsula Manila’s resident trainer Argie Samson to show us a few easy leg exercises anyone can do. There’s no need to go to the gym as, according to Argie, this particular set is purely composed of body weight exercises. Want to start your workout to better legs? Start scrolling down!

1. CHAIR BUMP SQUATS


Step 1: Stand around one foot away from the chair.

Step 2: Do a proper squat. Try to reach for the edge of the chair, but make sure you knees don’t go beyond your toes.

Difficulty rating: 4/5

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2. STEP UP WITH LEG CURL, KNEE LIFT, AND HIP ABDUCTION.

Step 1:
In the absence of a raised platform, use a staircase. Stand straight with your feet firmly planted on the ground.


Step 2: Place one foot on the platform.

Step 3: Push down to lift your other leg and curl it backward.


Step 4: Switch things up by raising your knee forward on your next set.


Step 5: You can also do hip abductions. Raise one leg to the side before lowering it back down. Do the same for the other leg or go back to the basic position.

Difficulty rating: 1/5

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3. CALF RAISES

Step 1: Stand with your feet slightly apart.

Step 2: Do a tiptoe and keep yourself balanced on the balls of your feet. Hold for a bit then return to Step 1.

Difficulty rating: 4/5

4. SIDE LYING HIP ABDUCTION

Step 1: Start with a side lying position. As you rest your body weight on your right elbow, bend your right leg backward while raising the left leg.


Step 2: Lower your left leg on the mat, but keep it a few inches off the ground. Repeat and switch legs.

Difficulty rating: 4/5

5. SIDE LYING HIP ADDUCTION


Step 1: Maintain a side lying position. Stretch out your right leg out and cross your left leg over it. Raise and lower your right leg up and repeat.

Step 2: Lower your leg down, but keep it hovering a few inches off the ground. Repeat.

Difficulty rating: 4.5/5
(All watermarked photos courtesy of Mike Dee; flashbox photo by c-reel.com via Flickr Creative Commons)

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