Four exercises, a dumbbell and 10 minutes to build muscle in your thighs and calves

Get tree-trunk legs in just ten minutes with Demi’s fast-paced home workout

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Gym-goers are probably already familiar with the old trope of “never skip leg day” — and for a good reason. Overworking your upper body at the expense of your lower half can be detrimental to both, as injuries can occur if your body is not balanced. Luckily, this super quick, easy-to-follow leg workout from celebrity trainer Demi Bagby will help you build leg definition fast.

Building leg strength will also help you to improve balance, posture and stability. It can even help you feel stronger and more powerful while working on other areas of the body. Grab your mat, gym shoes and maybe even a dumbbell – or adjustable dumbbell if you're feeling adventurous – to take it up a notch, and you’re all set!


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With 2.6 million followers, trainer and bodybuilder Demi Bagby is something of a social media sensation in the fitness world. Known for her effective, creative, upbeat approach to fitness, a Bagby workout is always a must-try. In this simple 4-move routine for the legs, she'll take you through a relentless circuit of squats, deadlifts, glute reverses, and calf presses that will get your legs burning and will work the entire posterior chain fast. Exercises:

  • Dumbbell Squats (3 sets x 8 reps) 
  • Dumbbell Single-leg Deadlifts (4 sets x 10 reps each side) 
  • Glute Bridge (4 sets x until failure)
  • Calf Raise (3 sets x 20 reps)

After trying Demi Bagby’s leg-day routine, boost your leg workout routine with this monster leg-day workout. We also recommend working the whole body with the best push-pull-legs routine – the results are guaranteed! There is another 5-move leg day workout for those who have a couple of dumbbells and half an hour of free time. Finally, we have a roundup of the best leg workouts for women for those who are interested!

Meg Walters
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Meg is a British-Canadian freelance writer based in southeast London. She can usually be found writing about classic films, rom-coms, period dramas, TV, Millennials, pop culture, books, style, lifestyle and fitness. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, GQ, Stylist, The i, i-D, Little White Lies, Insider and more.