Squat Thrusts is a very popular exercise for strengthening your legs but also incorporating a whole body cardio workout.
How to do Squat Thrusts:
In order to properly perform Squat Thrusts, stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your knees slightly bent. Quickly lower your upper body until your hands touch the floor. Kick your legs out from under you and come to a normal pushup position. Hold that pose just briefly then quickly come to the position where your feet and hands are on the ground. Press back up and straighten your back. Repeat.
Muscle group worked:
Thighs, glutes, and chest
Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: 6-8
Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance: 8-12
Why Squat Thrusts works:
Squat Thrusts work extremely effectively because it is a dynamic movement. It engages several key muscle groups and incorporates cardio vascular training as well.
Tips: You should do this exercise quickly in order to recruit the fast twitch muscle fibers.
Important!: Breath in as you lower your body down. Breath out as you come back up.
Disclaimer: Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen.