15 Hardest Bodyweight Leg Exercises In Existence

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
February 11, 2022

I want to debunk a myth with this post and that is the myth that you can only really develop extremely strong leg muscles using weights.

Bodyweight leg exercises are extremely effective for muscle growth in the legs, you simply have to know how to do it.

Bodyweight leg exercises have been used by millions of people to add size and definition to their legs.

hardest bodyweight leg exercises

These hardest bodyweight leg exercises are sure to leave you crying.

All of the below leg exercises develop massive strength and coordination without using weights.

Though there are also many different types of leg exercises.

The below-leg exercise videos encompass plyometrics, static exercises, dynamic exercises, exercises with props, exercises in the water, and more.

It’s so cool to think that you can use many other props to develop your leg muscles other than weights.

Some of the below exercises are very difficult and should not be tried without consulting a personal trainer.

Though, if you get the go-ahead then jump in. Some incorporate a ton of balance and coordination to complete, not just strength.

Start with the exercise at the top, Frog Squats, and work your way down.

Some of them you may feel are too easy until you do 10-20 of them.

Bodyweight leg exercises are meant to do in quick succession to completely shred the leg muscle tissue.

Hardest Bodyweight Leg Exercises

15. Frog Squats

14. Falling Tower

13. Hindu Squats

12. Single Leg Wall Sits

11. Super Skaters on Bosu Ball

10. Tornado Lunges

9. Plyometric Hops

8. Crouch Jumps

7. Advanced Shrimp

6. Pilates Ball Squats

5. Pistol Squats

4. Plyo Water Hops

3. Pistol Squats on Bosu Ball

2. Russian Hamstring Curl (aka Harop Curl)

1. Front & Back Flips

Body Weight Leg Workout Links

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  1. Strus

    Where is a dragon pistol squat? It is more challenging to the normal one and i can get it. I can do a pistol squat with 20kg on my back. I weight 71kg.
    Shrimp squat is far more difficult than that. I can do that with one hand loose (let’s say itermediate level), but not with 2 tied!!

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      I agree, dragon pistol squats should be on the list, perhaps something for a future update.

      – Todd

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  2. Vince

    Without a doubt, I wish I could do flips. Then I would feel like a ninja! The super skaters on the bosu looks like training for ninja warrior as well

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      I’d say both of those exercises are the coolest looking of the bunch.

      – Todd

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  3. Gal

    Is the falling tower safe for your knees?

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi there,

      If your quads are reasonably well conditioned, you don’t have anything to worry about.

      – Todd

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  4. Andrew

    Great to include the vids in your examples. Some new ones to try here for me – glad I stopped by. Thanks for sharing Todd!

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  5. Strus

    7 is a loooot harder than 5.
    Shrimp squat intermediate is harder than pistol squat too.
    Tornado lunges are great for conditioning , but not so hard to do

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  6. Devon

    Water jumps are 5 times easier than backflips!What?
    I can not do falling tower but can do a plyometric box jump.

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yeah, I’m sure this list could be manipulated differently for everyone that visits it. Strength is very relative.

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  7. Todd Kuslikis

    Good question Daffy.

    Some of the names didn’t make sense to me so I tried to make them more descriptive.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Todd

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  8. Daffy

    Why did you feel it necessary to rename all the exercises? A glute-ham raise is a glute-ham raise.

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