I know it seems like lately I am obsessed with one-leg exercises – and I am! They are the moves that seem to work the best and since I have issues with my hips, the idea of balancing my strength to prevent injuries is very appealing to me. Here is another move to add to your routine. I did this yesterday at the gym and I was sore immediately after. Not that night, not the next day – my muscles were twitching as I walked to the next machine. Here’s how it’s done:
Hold a 5- to 15-pound dumbbell (I use 12 lbs.) in each hand and stand on your right leg, lifting your left leg a few inches behind you (a). Keeping your back straight, lean forward from your hips until your body is almost parallel to the floor, the weights in line with your shoulders (b). Return to start. That’s 1 rep. Do 12, then switch legs.
Move of the Moment: One Leg Deadlift