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20-Minute Lower-Body HIIT Workout

Leg Day Is Calling: Try This 20-Minute Lower-Body HIIT Workout From an Under Armour Trainer

20-Minute Lower-Body HIIT Workout
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Leg day doesn't have to last a long time — just ask ACE-certified personal trainer and Under Armour trainer Ariel Belgrave, who created this 20-minute lower-body HIIT workout. The session is part of the Under Armour 21 Days to a Stronger Self challenge, and it's meant to get your heart pumping with explosive movements, as well as strengthen your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. It also puts your stability to the test while burning calories.

20-Minute Lower-Body HIIT Workout

Equipment needed: comfortable shoes, mat for support, and water for hydration.

Directions: Belgrave suggests starting with a two-minute dynamic warmup: jumping jacks, knee hugs, hip circles, inchworms, rotational lunges, and hamstring scoops. You can also do some of the exercises linked here for the warmup instead. For the workout itself, do the five exercises listed ahead for 40 seconds with 10 seconds of recovery between each. You'll do three rounds total with a one-minute rest in between rounds. Cool down afterward with full-body stretches, making sure to properly stretch your legs.

Exercise Name Time
Speed skater 40 seconds, followed by a 10-second rest
Squat jump 40 seconds, followed by a 10-second rest
Explosive sprinter's lunge 40 seconds, followed by a 10-second rest
Curtsy lunge 40 seconds, followed by a 10-second rest
Squat jack 40 seconds, followed by a 10-second rest

"Going from the speed skaters to the squat jumps, which are both explosive moves, having a lesser break in between is really going to make it more effective, get the heart rate up in a shorter period of time," Belgrave told POPSUGAR. Keep reading for instructions for each move in this workout, and get ready to sweat!

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