Powerlifting for Legs

Powerlifting leg exercises will improve the shape of your thighs.
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Want to increase leg-strength using a minimal amount of exercises? Well, look no further than powerlifting movements. Unlike bodybuilding exercises, which usually only work a few muscles at a time, powerlifting exercises target a large number of muscles simultaneously and allow you to effectively build overall strength. Two of the best powerlifting leg-exercises you can do are the sumo squat and the sumo deadlift. In addition to working the legs, these exercises target the hips.

Sumo Squat

Step 1

Position the barbell over your upper back and rear shoulder region, grasping the barbell using an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.

Step 2

Stand with your torso upright.

Step 3

Position your feet in a wide stance and extend your knees.

Step 4

Lower your hips by bending your hips and knees until your thighs are close to parallel to the ground.

Step 5

Raise your hips up to the start by extending your hips and knees.

Sumo Deadlift

Step 1

Place the barbell on the ground and stand in front of it.

Step 2

Hold the barbell using an overhand grip a bit wider than shoulder-width apart.

Step 3

Position your feet in a wide stance and bend your knees until your thighs are about parallel to the ground.

Step 4

Lift the barbell off the ground until your body is upright by extending your hips and knees.

Step 5

Return the barbell down to the ground by bending your hips and knees.

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