Customers often call looking for options to train thighs and hips because for various reasons they do not have access to a squat rack. Maybe you're in a small apartment or traveling the country in an RV (I’m a little jealous!).
Today we’re going to give you equipment options for leg training without a rack. Most of these offer great exercise options that are often included in well rounded programming.
If you have a barbell and plates, the deadlift is a great all around training option. The deadlift is widely considered one of (if not the best) lower body exercises. Few things have more basic real world application than picking things up off the ground. All you need is an Again Faster barbell and some Crumb bumpers (which won’t destroy your garage floor). It is highly recommended to get professional coaching for technique.
The generally accepted best option for hip and thigh training that does not involve a squat rack is unilateral or single leg training. Many popular options for leg training can be done with just body weight if nothing is available or by adding weights such as a Sandbag, Kettlebell, or Dumbbell to increase the difficulty.
The Lunge is a staple in lower body exercise and can be done anywhere. There are several options for the lunge such as the Forward Lunge, Walking Lunge, Side Lunge, and Reverse Lunge just to name a few of the basic options.
To make the lunge more challenging you can add weight using kettlebells, dumbbells, or a SandBag. Again these can be done anywhere indoor or outdoors.