Single leg exercises are an excellent way to challenge the lower body, improve stability, prevent injury, and strengthen both legs equally. They are sometimes overlooked and forgotten in favor of bilateral exercises such as the squat and the dead lift, but trust me—this is a mistake!
Whether your goals involve improving your athletic performance or they're aesthetic-based, single leg exercises should be incorporated into your workout programs along with bilateral training. The following exercises are fun, challenging single leg exercises that require minimal equipment. All you need is a set of dumbbells and a step with raisers.
If you're just starting out, you may find you're not ready to add weight to these exercises. So start with your body weight alone, and as your strength increases, you can add more resistance.