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Tabata Workout – Legs

Physical exerciseFor those of you who are looking to focus on a particular part of the body during each Tabata workout, we thought we’d create a blog article that does the same.

Obviously our classes will focus on different parts of the body as well, albeit they may repeat certain exercises that are proven to be highly beneficial in toning and fitness, but if you want to do your own Tabata workouts in between classes then check out our ‘Body part focus’ series.

This one concentrates on your legs, glutes and thighs.

Exercise 1: Squat jumps
Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Keeping your back straight bend your knees and sit down as if sitting in a chair. When your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle, push off from the balls of your feet jumping into the air, raising your arms above your head, before landing with both feet shoulder width apart and your hands on your waist.

Continue this in quick succession for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.

Exercise 2: Jumping lunges
Start standing up straight with your legs slightly apart. Lunge forward with your right leg bending at both knees. Your left knee should be almost touching the floor positioned directly under your body. Push off from the balls of both feet and jump into the air, switch legs in mid-air to land in the same position but with your right leg back and your left leg forward.

Continue this in quick succession for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.

Exercise 3: Mountain climbers
Start in a push up position. Bring one leg up to the chest and then place it back down again. Bring the other leg up to the chest and then place it back down again. Quicken the movement so that when one foot is down the other leg is coming up to the chest.

Continue this in quick succession for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.

Exercise 4: Burpees
Start in squat position with your hands touching the floor. Push your legs out behind you into a press up position then quickly bring your feet back in again and jump up into the air with your hands over your head, before landing and heading back in to the original squat position.

Continue this in quick succession for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.

Repeat the above set of exercises once more.

To really strengthen and tone your legs, perform this leg targeted Tabata workout 2-3 times per week, but not on consecutive days. Intersperse this with our arms or abs targeted workouts for an all-over body shaping and toning experience.

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