The 25 Minute Workout That’s Too Effective to Skip

#MotivationMonday, gents! No more skipping out on leg day.

For most of us, “leg day” at the gym has long collected dust in our minds. Saved for high school sports, working out our legs in any way that isn’t running or intramural sports related has become a distant memory. Today’s the day that needs to stop. Having a strong base will decrease injury risk to your knees, strengthen your lower back and allow you to stride through life in a better, more healthy way.

The 25 Minute killer leg Workout

The entire workout consists of 4 sets of 5 workouts. Each workout is done for a set number of reps at the beginning of a minute and immediately followed by a fast paced cardio exercise for 20 reps. For example, the first workout is bodyweight squats for 10 reps. Using a watch or your phone’s stopwatch set at 1 minute, begin the set of 10 squats. Once you’ve finished, immediately run in place as fast as you can for 20 reps. The combination of these two moves should take about 30-40 seconds and you rest for the remainder of the minute. Once it’s over, you move on to the next workout.

5 bodyweight exercises:

Run in Place: 20 reps

Run in Place: 20 reps

Run in Place: 20 reps

  • Alternating Jump Lunges (lunge position, jump, alternate legs in air and land in opposite lunge position, jump, switch legs back to original position = 1 rep): 10 reps

Run in Place: 20 reps

  • Tuck Jumps (bend knees, jump and bring knees into your chest, land and dip down into squat position): 10 reps

Run in Place 20 reps

Rest 1 full minute

This full cycle is done 4 times, completing 4 sets of each workout.

As an added bonus and cool down, once you’ve finished the 4 set cycle, find a nearby step and do some calf raises as a way to stretch and strengthen your lower legs, achilles and ankles.

Also, once you’ve been doing this workout for awhile, feel free to increase reps, add weight for static exercises or even a weighted vest like this one for some added difficulty.

As always, we’re firm believers that working out in style leads to more effective workouts, so here are some options:

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