Our leg muscles are all the muscles from our hips to our foot. The exercises in the leg section are mostly building the hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings. The best exercises to develop muscle balance and less compensation of the sound leg are ones that work each leg unilaterally. Exercises that work the legs individually force you to be more dependent on the prosthetic side and compensate less with the sound leg. They will be difficult to master and might not have perfect form on the prosthetic side, but will pay of big in your everyday functioning, with high level activities and running.
The exercises in the leg and agility group will help you with balance, agility, over all leg strength, get you better able to commit to the prosthetic side and have better control of the prosthetic leg.
Exercises to develop leg strength, balance and agility.
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TRX Sprints – Develop the legs and are a challenging mix of cardio, power and strength training in one move.
TRX Squats – Target Quads, hamstrings, glutes and the lower back.
Step Ups – Improve stability and strength in the legs. The step up is a unilateral movement that requires balance and will force you to strengthen each leg individually. Excellent for blooding strength and stability on the prosthetic side.
Lunges – Target quads, hamstrings, glutes and core. Excellent for amputees because they force you to work legs independently.
Lateral Skater Hops – Target lateral hips and core muscles. Great exercise to transfer weight and commit to prosthetic side.
TRX Reverse Lunge – Targets hip mobility.
Box Jumps – A functional exercise to increase balance, endurance and power.