It is probably much easier to do leg exercises at home than you realize. To fire up the muscles in your lower body, you do not need a squat bar, a stair climber or a leg press machine. All that is required is motivation, your bodyweight and perhaps a chair to make your quads, glutes, hamstrings, inner thighs, and calves burn.

You may already be aware that having strong legs is essential. Even if you are not working toward another particular athletic goal or training for a race, you need strong legs to quite literally take you through life. From lifting heavy objects to walking up a flight of stairs, these tasks will be made easier when some leg muscle is put behind them.

Fortunately, there is no need for effective leg exercises to be complicated and best of all, a gym membership is not even required. There are many bodyweight leg exercises that can be added to your workout regimen to boost strength and work toward any other performance goals.

Bodyweight exercises are functional and realistic, which means they help in strengthening the muscles used in our everyday routines. For example, squatting is like sitting in an imaginary chair and this helps in improving the posture when we are actually sitting in a chair. When standing up from a squat position, we are basically forming remarkable conducts that translate into our daily lives.

Additionally, bodyweight leg exercises are ideal for learning the correct form before adding weights to particular moves. Essentially, weights should not be used until basic squat, hinge and lunge movements have been mastered without weights.

The best leg exercises are those you will actually do. Therefore, having a collection of moves that can literally be done anywhere will increase the chance of you fitting them into your workout routine. Below are details of some of the exercises that can be used to train your legs:

Bodyweight Squats

• With your feet slightly turned out and roughly shoulder-width apart, your weight should be in your heels.
• At your hips, hinge forward while sitting your butt back into a squat position. Your knees should be bent until your thighs and the ground are parallel.
• To get back to a standing position, drive through your heels. Ensure you squeeze your butt and your core is kept tight as you stand.

Jump Squats

• While standing, your feet should be a little wider than hip-width apart.
• At your hips, hinge forward while sitting your butt back into a squat position. Your knees should be bent until your thighs and the ground are parallel.
• As high as you can, jump up in the air and straighten your legs while jumping. For momentum, your arms should be swung down by your sides. You should also keep your chest lifted and your back straight.
• You should have soft knees when landing on the floor, then directly proceed into another squat.

Side Lunges

• Your feet should be hip-width apart in a standing position
• To start, take a huge step to your right while bending your right knee, pushing back your butt and ensuring your left leg is kept straight. Keep your core tight and chest lifted.
• This should be repeated on the other side.

Side Leg Raises

• On one side, lay down with your legs straight out and stacked on each other. Rest your torso on the mat or prop your torso up with your forearm.
• In a slow, controlled movement, lift up your top leg toward the ceiling. Ensure you are not lifting from your lower back but from your hip and butt.
• Go back to the starting position.
• Repeat the moves on the other side

Inverted Inner Thigh Openers

• Lay down on your back with bended knees and flat feet on the floor. Elevate your right leg while ensuring your thighs are touching and then spread your leg as you go up toward the ceiling.
• As far as possible, lower the right leg to the right side slowly, while ensuring your lower back and hips are glued to the floor.

• Return your leg to the starting position.
• Repeat these moves on the other leg.

Single-Leg Glute Brides

• Lay down on your back with bended knees and flat feet on the floor.
• Elevate your right leg with your knee straight. Your thighs should be kept parallel to each other and your toe should be pointed toward the ceiling.
• To lift up your hips, push through your heels while squeezing your glutes. Attempt to create a single diagonal line from the shoulders to the knees.
• Stay in that position for about 1 or 2 seconds and then go back down.
• This should be repeated on the other leg.