Next to wishing for a six-pack (kind of…) we love the idea of ripped legs. From dresses and skirts for the female crowd, to summer shorts for the male crowd, ripped legs are everything.
But if you’ve been trying for years and you’re just not getting anywhere, it might be a sign that it’s time to change. From your workout methods to what you’re doing to recover, if something doesn’t work – fix it.
That’s exactly why I’ve set out to give you the guide you need to read if you want to get ripped legs. With a little help from smart products along the way, below is what you need to know if you want to impress this Summer.
1. Track your muscle performance – and recover accordingly.
When you are training for an event, or perhaps you’re simply “training for life”, as I often tell my friends, it’s so important to track your muscle performance and recover accordingly.
By this, I mean that it is integral to your overall success to track the exertion of your effort. The Athos products do just this – the compression pant, as shown above, tracks exertion of the major lower body muscle groups, like your quads and hamstrings. This will tell you accurately how many calories you have burned, and even your muscle activity. Sensors in the garment will allow you to track progress over time.
If you don’t have the Athos, though, it is important to simply listen to your body and know when to take a rest day.
2. Realize the benefits of running.
I’m a runner, so I’m totally biased, but I firmly believe that running is so great for all aspects of your body.
It is especially important for your legs. Just like weight training, regular running or jogging increases muscle mass. The motion of running primarily works your lower leg muscles, particularly your calves. Don’t skip out on cardio as you’re building a killer set of legs.
3. Cardio is key.
I told you that I love cardio, right? And it totally plays a part in your overall leg strength.
I love elliptical machines for this very reason. One of the major benefits to exercising on an elliptical machine is that it has the ability to work your upper and lower body together (full body work out!), but it has a focus on muscles in your legs and midsection.
Yet, my number one reason why I love ellipticals is because it’s low-impact. Instead of squats or running, there is little-to-no damage done on your knees. This means better long-term health.
4. Motivation is integral to success.
When I am in the gym and pumping out those squats, I need motivation. Drake, Top 40 and the odd guilty pleasure (T-Swift…) are on my list. The Erato Apollo 7 Earphones really help, especially because they’re super tiny and waterproof. No mess, no sweat.
Use music to motivate yourself as you are working on the proper squat.
Speaking of proper squats, here’s a video on how you can do a proper squat. It has over 3.7 million views on YouTube.
5. Weights, anyone?
We love weights because it produces results. I recently got into kettle bell classes, and I’m seeing results like nobody’s business – from my legs to my arms. Kettle bells are amazing for leg strength – you can do squats, lifts, sumos, anything! – with these things.
This app, the Virtual Trainer Kettlebell, is really great for a Kettlebell workout. It will walk you through step-by-step what you need to do for a great session.
When you’re getting your legs ready to be ripped for the summer, it’s so important to train with intelligence and efficiency. Training too quickly – or not giving yourself time to rest – means that you could run the risk of injury.
With smart wearables, like elliptical machines and smart hoes, you can track progress over time. You’ll see results like never before.
Are you ready to change your legs for the summer? Share your inspiration with us in the comments below!