The best leg day exercises trainers want you to add to a workout

By Renee Cherry with contribution from Kathleen.

If you’ve ever done a heavy leg day, then you know the resulting delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can be exceptionally brutal. (If not, these GIFs perfectly sum up the feeling.) So depending on your appetite for pain, you probably either love or love to hate leg day. Either way, you might as well make the most of your leg day routine by cherrypicking the best moves, since you know you’ll be sore regardless.

There are sooooo many leg workout exercises you can add to your routine, especially if you like to get crafty with equipment. But when we recently asked trainers to name their absolute favorite moves, they all stuck to tried-and-true moves. In other words, fancy ≠ more effective. (Related: The Heavy Dumbbell Workout That Builds Strong, Sexy Legs) READ MORE