The Elephant Legs Calisthenics Workout

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
February 29, 2016

This workout is all about giving your legs the strength of elephant legs.

Elephant legs are solid tubes of pure muscle. Well, not pure muscle, there’s a lot of fat in there. But for the purposes of this workout we’re going to focus on the muscle part.

Elephants can carry up to 19840 lbs on top of their own weight which can get up to 14000 lbs.

elephant legs

We don’t promise you’ll get any where near that kind of strength, but human legs can do some absolutely impressive things, and with enough practice, you can get there.

This could be the first step to that kind of strength.

Let’s get to it.


Do each exercise for the specified amount of time, rest for 10 seconds, then move to the next exericse. Once you finish one round, rest for 1 minute. Do 4 rounds total.



Instead of regular squats, you can do pistol squats.


Feel free not to reach the specified amount of seconds and reps, as long as you’re giving it your all.

Show/Hide Comments (4 comments)
  1. Tony

    Do you suggest reverse lunges as well?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Todd Kuslikis

      Reverse Lunges are great, I definitely recommend them.

      – Todd

  2. David G.

    Hi Todd,
    I’m curious about the theory behind this. In the Bodyweight Overload program, it prescribes 8×8-12 sets/reps for hypertrophy…this one is 4 sets (well, rounds) of much, much higher volume. I’ve understood that higher rep ranges produces muscle endurance, but that lower reps are generally needed for hypertrophy, and somewhat lower still for strength increases. So…how does this one “work,” so to speak?

    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi David,

      The 8-12 rep range is only effective if you go near failure. It’s very difficult to go to failure doing something like regular bodyweight squats with that range. You’ll have to do something like pistol squats for that. Since these workouts are geared more toward bodyweight exercise beginners, we try to stick to basic movements, and create fairly challenging workout out of them.


      – Todd

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