Strength Training For Women: 30-Minute Leg Day Workout

Strength train your way to strong, sculpted legs, thighs and glutes with this full-length, 30-Minute Leg Day Workout video! Leg workouts are part of my training routine 2-3 days a week, and I love circuit-based, lower body strength training in the form of squats, lunges and deadlifts.

*If you’re having trouble seeing the Leg Day Workout Video above, try turning off or pausing your ad-blocker. If you prefer, you can also view this strength training workout on YouTube here.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — we LOVE leg day around here. As a matter of fact, my most popular workout on Pinterest for over a year, was this Gym-Based Leg Day Workout! Leg workouts for women are kind of our speciality around here!

While I still do that leg day workout at the gym, it’s important to know that you don’t need a squat rack and leg press machine to weight train. All you need for this 30-Minute Leg Day Workout is a set of dumbbells.

Bonus — using dumbbells or free weights engages your small, stabilizing muscles in ways that gym equipment typically doesn’t. Try performing a single leg deadlift, pictured below, with a dumbbell in each hand; hello core and balance.

I personally love having these power block adjustable dumbbells {adjustable from 5-50 lbs} as part of my home gym so I can challenge myself to go heavy on leg day.

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Leg Day FAQs:

How often should I do leg workouts? This depends on what the rest of your training routine looks like. I personally focus on lower body workouts 1-2 days a week. As a group fitness instructor the majority of my workouts tend to be total body workouts, but I love split training muscle groups when I can.

What’s important to note is that lifting weights builds muscle by breaking down the muscle that already exists. So you want to make sure to give your muscles time to recover after a workout.

How heavy of weights should I lift when strength training? Go heavy! I’m using 10 lb dumbbells in this workout video. With my extra baby bump weight 10 lb dumbbells are currently challenging for me, but if I wasn’t pregnant I’d be reaching for 15 lb dumbbells.

That being said, if you’re a beginner or recovering from an injury, you always can drop the weights and use just your body weight. You’ll still challenge your leg muscles!

The goal of this leg day workout is to work your lower body muscles to fatigue. So if you get to the last few reps, and you’re not struggling to complete them, that’s a sign you need to pick up heavier weights next time!

Why are leg workouts for women so important? 

Leg workouts are important for EVERYONE, but I especially love them for women {especially those still building confidence in the gym}. This is because women tend to be relatively stronger in their lower bodies than their upper bodies {NCBI} and so leg workouts can feel really empowering! Leg workouts are also really effective because they’re hitting multiple large muscle groups, meaning you get major calorie-burn for your buck.

Is this leg workout pregnancy-friendly? YES — with the note that every body, and pregnancy, is different. Of course you should be cleared by your doctor or midwife for exercise. But you know your body best; modify and take breaks as needed.

I personally dropped my weights several times throughout this workout and performed the leg exercises with just my bodyweight {and added baby weight}.

I filmed a Facebook Live video which you can find in this post explaining a couple ways you can know if an exercise is still safe for you to do as your pregnancy progresses. If you have any concerns, or if you’re starting a fitness program for the first time, please consult your doctor or midwife. 

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Strength Training for Women: 30-Minute Leg Day Workout

This 30-Minute Leg Day Workout is ALL LEGS and ALL STRENGTH TRAINING. Leg workouts are great for overall strength training, because they engage one of your biggest muscle groups, meaning you get major calorie-burn for your buck! You’ll use a set of dumbbells to challenge your entire lower body. Targeting your glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves and core.

The goal is to fatigue and break down the lower body muscles to build strong, lean legs.

EQUIPMENT: Medium-to-heavy dumbbells, or a set of both medium and heavy dumbbells. I’m personally using 10 lb dumbbells for this workout video and would suggest 8-20 lb dumbbells depending on your fitness level. 

INSTRUCTIONS: Follow along with the leg day workout video at the top of this post. This lower body workout consists of 4 circuits — squats, lunges, deadlifts, sumo squats.

Each circuit targets a specific lower body muscle group: 

  • Circuit 1: Lunges — target quads and glutes
  • Circuit 2: Squats — targets quads, hamstrings and glutes
  • Circuit 3: Deadlifts — target hamstrings and glutes
  • Circuit 4: Sumo Squats — target quads, hamstrings and glutes AND have an extra bonus of incorporating the adductors or inner thighs 

These circuits consists of 3 lower body strength exercises. You’ll perform approximately 10-12 repetitions per exercise, and repeat each circuit x 2 sets to close it out before moving onto the next circuit.

I’ll be sweating with you through each rep and giving you proper form and motivation along the way!

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These are the 12 leg day exercises if you want to screenshot the workout:

Circuit 1: Lunges

  1. Static Lunges {right first set, left second set}
  2. Front + Back Lunges {right first set, left second set}
  3. 4 Pulse Reverse Lunge + 4 Pulse 80/20 Squat

X2 Sets

Circuit 2: Squats

  1. 1.5 Squats
  2. Squat Hold + Pulse
  3. Squat + Calf Raise

X2 Sets

Circuit 3: Deadlifts

  1. Single Leg Deadlift {right first set, left second set}
  2. Tap Back + High Pull {right first set, left second set}
  3. Deadlift Squat

X2 Sets

Circuit 4: Sumo Squats

  1. Sumo Squat + Heel Lift 
  2. Sumo Squat Hold + Heels In Walk
  3. Single Tempo Sumo Squats

X2 Sets

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  1. Loved this workout this morning! You are so encouraging and fun to work out with. What is the best way to continue to support you so you can keep giving us these awesome workouts?

    • Hi Gina! Thanks so much for giving this workout a try! So glad you enjoyed it. The best way to support me is to keep coming back and checking out more workouts + recipes on my website! There are plenty more full length workout videos on the blog for you to try. Thank you! -Lindsey

  2. Lindsey, this is an AWESOME workout! I’m loving your website lately…such amazing content! That you’re doing these workouts with a baby bump inspires me even more! Praying you have a strong finish to your pregnancy and smooth delivery. Thanks again.

    • Sarah! So glad you gave this workout a try and loved it! Thanks so much for following along and sweating with me! Keep up the good work (plenty more workout videos on the blog to try)! -Lindsey

  3. Hi Lindsey!
    Another amazing workout! So glad I found your website! I have always liked to work out. Now I look forward to working out no matter how tired I am or how late it is. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to creating so many new workouts!

    • Hi Natalie! Thanks so much for giving this workout a try. So glad you stumbled over here and are loving the workouts. There are plenty more to try on the blog! Keep up the great work. -Lindsey

  4. Hi there! So excited to try out your workouts. I’m going to follow your Beginner 30-day workout challenge. Is this the lower body strength workout to use for the beginner challenge. I clicked on the workout on your calendar on this website but it doesn’t send me to the workout. Thanks! And thank you for your time and dedication to putting this all together!!! I know it’s hard work!