Strength Training/what leg exercise?


Dear Kristina

I do a body-weight squat and hold it for 2 minutes, like a squat stance. I'll like to know can this develop the quadricep/thigh muscles? Is this bad for the knees, holding it?

What exercise can I do to develop my leg muscles? I do not have any weights at home and can't afford to go to the gym, depending on my bodyweight somewhat. I hope you can recommend some exercise to develop the lower body given the limitations above.

Thank you. Your reply is very much appreciated.


Hi Edward,

Yes, that exercise can develop quadriceps and other thigh muscles however, if you have any knee pain or knee issues then it is not something you should do.  I would ask your doctor first to make sure it is ok for you to do.  Here are some body weight exercises you can do for your legs:
Hope that helps!  

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I can answer any questions pertaining to weight loss, strength training, cardio training, lifestyle changes and emotional eating. I have worked with men and women of all ages including children. I've worked with women trying to lose postnatal weight, men and women with injuries and teens/kids needing to lose weight or enhance athletic skills and many more.


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