45 minute beginner leg workout with a barbell

Here's everything you need to try our 45 minute beginner leg workout with a barbell. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

45 min read
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Sean Klein
Last updated
06/04/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Hamstring Walk Outs
  • Circuit 2
  • Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support
  • Russian Twists
  • Circuit 3
  • Side Raise
  • Yoga Press Ups

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

Hamstring Walk Outs

Complete 7 repetitions

The hamstring walk out is an excellent hamstring exercise that is particularly effective at creating a large stimulus with no external load.

Benefits of Hamstring Walk Outs

The main benefit is the strength gained in the hamstrings. This is an excellent exercise for athletes who need to build strong hamstrings for both performance and injury mitigation. It is also excellent to maintain strength in the hinge pattern and maintain muscle mass if you don’t have access to weights.

How To Do Hamstring Walk Outs

  1. Start in a hip thrust position with the feet pressing into the ground.
  2. Slowly step forward. Take small steps to ensure there is enough time under tension.
  3. Once you’ve moved your feet slightly further away from the hips transition to the heels, creating a lot of tension in the hamstrings.
  4. Do a slight pause when the legs are nearly straight and use the hamstring to hold a strong and stable position.
  5. Step slowly back to the start position, taking small steps.

Coaching Tips For Hamstring Walk Outs

Follow these cues to perform Hamstring Walk Outs correctly:

  • Use the heels
  • Only go as far as the hamstrings feel able
  • Move slowly and deliberately.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Follow these cues to perform Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support correctly:

  • Keep the foot furthest away from the wall on the floor
  • Keep shoulders and hips square, feel the tension in the hamstring
  • Maintain an arch in the lower back.

Russian Twists

Complete 18 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Russian Twists

Follow these cues to perform Russian Twists correctly:

  • Do not move with speed
  • Let the load pull on your core.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

Side Raise

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Side Raise

Follow these cues to perform Side Raise correctly:

  • Do not use any momentum
  • Keep the shoulders in a fixed position throughout
  • Only have a slight bend in the arm
  • A plate is used in the video, but a dumbbell is more appropriate.

Yoga Press Ups

Complete 9 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Yoga Press Ups

Follow these cues to perform Yoga Press Ups correctly:

  • Use your triceps and shoulders to slide your head toward your feet from the bottom of press up position.

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