The Best Isometric Leg Strengthening Exercises


Aside from just looking amazing, having strong and toned legs is essential for most activities in life. Your legs carry you throughout the day and are involved in pretty much everything you do. Seems obvious that everyone should work out their legs, right? Actually, legs are the body part most commonly skipped in exercise routines.

Building your leg strength doesn’t just mean doing squats. It requires focusing on all the leg muscles from your hips to your calves and shins. And if you’re looking to build muscle and gain flexibility while getting a low-impact workout, isometrics is definitely the way to go. With that said, let’s look at some isometric leg strengthening exercises that’ll target every part of your lower half:

Leg Press

If you’re sitting at your desk or on the couch, this exercise is perfect to give your legs some attention. It strengthens your hamstrings, hip flexors, and quads all at once.

How to do it:

  • In a seated position, place Activ5 under your left heel
  • Press your heel into Activ5 as if you are trying to push Activ5 into the ground
  • Repeat on opposite side

Side Lunge

For an all-in-one leg workout, try this simple move. It can be done anywhere and may appear easy, but your legs will be feeling the burn!

How to do it:

  • Begin in the starting position with your left heel on the Activ5
  • Step your right leg to the side
  • Lunge left reaching your arms forward, so they are parallel with the floor
  • Squeeze your left heel into the Activ5 by squeezing your left glute
  • Repeat on opposite side

Single Leg Bridge

Want to get a little core work in while strengthening your legs? The single leg bridge does just that by working your front side all the way from your abs to your shins.

How to do it:

  • Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the ground and knees hip-width apart
  • Place Activ5 under your left heel
  • Life your right leg off the ground, keeping your right knee slightly bent
  • Press Activ5 as you squeeze your left glute to lift your hips off the ground
  • Repeat on opposite side

Standing Leg Curl

Strengthening your whole leg is essential for preventing injury and reducing pain. This basic move will leave everything feeling strong, including your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves.

How to do it:

  • Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart and place the Activ5 in front of your left foot
  • Place your left heel on top of the Activ5 with your toes up and your hands on your hips
  • Flex slightly forward at the waist, keeping a straight back
  • Squeeze your left heel down and back into the Activ5, engaging your left hamstring
  • Repeat on opposite side

Your legs contain some of the largest muscles you have, so sometimes it takes longer to see the results of the work you’re putting in. Don’t let that stop you from getting your squat on! It takes consistency and dedication, but spending a little extra time on your legs will pay off big time.

With the Activ5 smart isometric training device, you can take leg day with you no matter where you are. With the app for iOS or Android, you can get real-time data like strength, calories burned and heart rate, while keeping track of your progress over time. Check out the “Lower Body” category for pre-designed leg workouts, or customize your own to fit your needs. No matter what fitness level you’re at, strengthening your legs is always beneficial for running faster, jumping higher, or just supporting overall strength. So get lunging – your legs will thank you!

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