I always trained my legs with weights because that's what's best… right?

At that time, I often had patellar tendinitis and nagging hip discomforts.

You could find me foam rolling for 20 minutes before a squat session.

Then I spent some time away from the gym and started implementing bodyweight leg movements.

They made my lower body feel… really good.

The infamous "sissy squat" which seemed like it would be so hard on my knees…

Was somehow…making my knees feel better?

now understand that...

Strengthening different ranges of motion in your lower body makes your joints more resilient.

Which can often lead to better performance and less pain.

I'm not against weights at all…in fact these days I do half bodyweight, half weights for my lower body.

But I do believe if you have any nagging injuries or pains in your lower back, hips, knees or ankles, then strengthening through a variety of bodyweight exercises can be really beneficial.

Another big plus to bodyweight exercises is they are generally less fatiguing on your system.

So you can get some good work in while still feeling recovered to do something the next day.

And lastly, if you're anything like me, you like to be able to bust out a quick training session from home. Or at the park down the street.

Building a bodyweight practice means independence.

You can be in tip top shape without needing much. It's very empowering.

I put together a list of the 15 most effective bodyweight leg exercises in our latest YouTube Video: 15 Most Effective Bodyweight Leg Exercises.