Friends, today I am going to continue and widen the vocabulary of training tools we use into the area of sexy leg development and jump training.
Part of my weekly training schedule is dedicated to the development of jumping ability, sexyness of the lower body and further increases of power.
As an acrobat I use this type of training in combination with basic and advanced acrobatic skills, but one can use similar methods without the actual flipping and spinning in the air. I will provide both options – an acrobatic one and a normal jump one.
Sculpt strong, toned legs and thighs with these exercises that work the muscle fibers makes you attain sexy lower body with shapely legs.
How to make yours legs Sexy!
Jump Into Box – Standing
Stand in front of a box from knee to head high, create a small knee bend, swing your arms and jump into the box, landing in a squat position on top of it. Come down, leg by leg or jumping down and repeat for reps.
Jump Into Box – Iso Squat
Stand in front of a box from knee to head high, squat down and hold without moving for 3-5 seconds.
Explode from the squat up and into the box, landing in a squat position on top of it.
Repeat for reps.
Front Flip – Standing
Stand with an erect body. Swing your arm up and behind your head and initiate a front flip while trying to jump up and tuck hard. Soften the landing, trying to land in place.
Front flipping from punching is very different from this. The standing front flip requires a lot of explosive strength in the legs and abdomen because of the way our body is build. It is much easier to initiate a back flip from standing than a front one – one only needs to compare the posterior chain to the anterior body muscles.
Repeat for reps
Back Flip – Iso Squat
Squat down, taking both arms forward. Pause for 3-5 seconds, swing your arms while jumping explosively into a back flip. Try to stick the landing, softening into it. Repeat for reps.
Do not let the squat position at the start of the exercise to change the ‘triple extenstion’ in your calf, knee and hip from occuring due to different timing. Make sure you completely extend upwards before tucking into the flip.
The easiest variation starts in the kneeling position one leg behind you placed from knee to foot on the ground.
Balance yourself with the hands forward, pull forward and up, while pushing into the ground with your active leg. Reach a standing position on one leg, lower down the same way and repeat for reps.
The intermidiate variation will be exactly the same, apart from one difference – the back leg is only touching the ground with the knee. (the foot is lifted in the air)
The advanced variation will be to grab ahold of the back foot in a quad stretch position and slowly while pulling forward and up and using no momentum, stand up. Come down the same way and repeat for reps.
The advanced variation is the hardest body weight exercise I ran into until today. I dont need to take my shoes off to count the number of people I have witnessed performing this correctly (no momentum and in the correct positioning) and I have challanged some heavy squaters and heavy pistol practitioners.
The reason is a the bad mechanical advantage of the movement of course. Try it, it is a humbling experience.
Having said that, it is not the hardest variation of the exercise… but we will leave something for the future!
Harop Curl for Sexy Legs
The Harop Curl or Natural Hamstrings Curl is another brutal bodyweight leg exercise, concentrating on the back of the leg, and especialy the hamstrings muscle group. (Other muscles active here are the Gastrocnemius, Glute, lower back and counteless other small muscles).
Kneel down on your knees with your feet anchored below a heavy object / someone standing on your soles while you point your feet behind you.
If you are a feeling some knee strain feel free to cushion your knees.
The beginner variation will be to break the angle of the knee and lean forward a bit. When you feel you cannot go further anymore, start to break the angle at the waist and touch your nose to the ground/bench. Return to upright kneeling position and repeat for reps.
The advanced variation will include a more acute angle forward in the knees and a minimum break in the chest to knee line.
This is a simple exercise but not an easy one. Expect some serious cramping of the back of the legs, and aproach it with caution. Do not try to go for advanced variations too soon.
Try out the simple exercise trainings and depending on your figure, you can get sexy legs as shown below: