5 Lower Body Exercises Every Man Should Do

Men tend to focus on the mirror muscles—chest, arms, shoulders, abs—and often wear pants to cover up their legs.

They should be training the body from head to toe. A well-rounded, full-body approach is ideal for injury prevention, improved posture and better overall health.

A successful workout program should include a variety of lower body movements, from bilateral (two legs on the ground) and unilateral (one leg on the ground) exercises, to strength-based and power/speed movements. You should also try to include exercises that work additional planes of motion such as side-to-side movements (front plane) and rotational movements (transverse plane).

If you want to add some lower body exercises to your routine, try incorporating these five movements to get the most bang for your buck. If you can also include compound pushes (shoulder press, push-ups, etc.) and pulls (rows, pull-ups, etc.) for the upper body in your workouts, you'll be on your way to building the physique you desire.

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