Lower Body Strength Workout Demo

Increase your lower body strength and mobility with this workout. Learn the deadlift, leg press, calf raise and more.

Before attempting these exercises, please see below for tips on how to use resistance bands.

Deadlift With Resistance Band

Use a resistance tube or band to work your glutes, hip and leg muscles with this deadlift exercise.

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Leg Press With Resistance Band

Work your quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles with this leg press exercise to strengthen your legs.

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Seated Knee Lift With Resistance Band

Strengthen muscles around your hips with this knee lift exercise.
 
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Sit-to-Stands

Each of these sit-to-stand exercises, provided by physical therapists from the American Physical Therapy Association, can improve your ability to get up from a chair, get in and out of bed or your car. If you’re just starting out, begin with level 1 (the easiest) and slowly progress to level 4 (the hardest).

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Side Leg Raise

This simple but effective side leg raise will strengthen your hip abductors, making daily tasks like getting in and out of your car easier.

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Standing Hip Extension

Gain flexibility and strength in your hip extensor muscles with this standing hip extension exercise. 
 
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Calf Raise

Strengthen calf muscles to ease walking and climbing stairs with this calf raise exercise.
 
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The Clam

The clam exercise is a great way to strengthen the muscles on the outer hip and in the buttocks.

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Stairs Workout Demo

Strengthen your leg muscles and improve your stability to make going up and down stairs safer and easier.
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Your Exercise Solution (YES) is your resource for fitness videos to help you create a physical activity routine — based on your specific needs and ability level — with modifications developed and approved by physical therapists.
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Take the First Step to Get Moving

Before you customize a physical activity routine that’s just right for you, download the e-book: A Guide to Happy Feet. Learn ways to protect your feet, what to look for in shoe choices and more. It’s the first step to getting and staying active.


 

Tips to Safely and Successfully Use Resistance Bands:

  • Use a resistance band or tube with foam handles. They’re easier to grip.
  • Or add foam pipe insulation to bands or tubes to create handles.
  • Handles not an option? Opt for resistance tubes. They’re gentler on hands. 
  • Resistance tubes and bands come in many lengths and resistance levels. Don’t rely on their color to gauge these factors. Manufacturers use different colors to indicate them.
  • Try different ones to find the best fit.
  • The last few reps in a set should be difficult, but not impossible.