Looking to strengthen your leg muscles? Maybe you’re looking to add strength to the other exercise activities you do such as running or cycling. Or maybe you’re looking for a way to increase your overall body muscle composition to increase your metabolism and fat burn.
Regardless of your motives, this video will show you how to work our build your quadriceps using a variety of squat exercises on a Total Gym system. Total Gym is a very versatile home gym system that allows you to work all major muscles groups while also getting a cardio workout. At PEERtrainer, we have become big fans of this product.
Strengthening your quadriceps helps with weight loss (because it’s a large muscle and more muscle = higher metabolism = more fat burned) and it also will give you nice, shapely legs. It will also add a lot of functional strength that will be helpful throughout your day- climbing stairs, carrying little kids around, lifting boxes in the garage, etc.
Check out this video where we demonstrate how you can build your quads using a Total Gym XLS. Here are some of the exercises you can do using the Total Gym system, several of which are featured in this video:
Squats- Perhaps the most standard, straightforward leg strengthening exercise. If you decide to purchase a Total Gym machine, then either the XLS or the 3000 model come with the squat stand.
Jump Squats- Another variation of the squat, only using a thrust motion to jump up. Creates additional burn and intensity on the muscles.
One Legged Squats- You can quickly double the intensity of the squat exercise by doing it with just one leg.
One Legged Jump Squats- Same as above, increase intensity by going to one leg. This one’s a killer! We’re talkin’ some serious leg burn here!
Side Squat- Another variation where you turn to the side…easiest to do the one leg version.
Calf Raises- Another standard leg strength building exercise for the calves. Total Gym offers a quick and easy way to do this using the squat platform.