I always feel great after a workout.

Sure, it may have a direct correlation with the amount of coconut rum I’ve consumed the day before, but I usually feel fabulous.

Feeling great during a workout? Now that’s a different story.

In my 10+ years of strength training, there have only been a handful of times that I have felt incredible, so-incredible-that-I-could-fly, during a workout. I’m not talking about feeling good, or even great. I’m talking about those days where you feel as if you could compete in a Strongman competition, minus the spandex, 80’s tank top and tree trunk thighs.

Well, at least the tank. I think I’ve got the spandex and stumpy thighs in the bag.

Last Thursday, I was flying high after a superb leg workout.

The thing is, I am not sure what I did differently to cause this fabulous feeling mid-workout. Perhaps it was as simple as the stars being aligned?

There are a few key points that ensure a great workout for me:

Consistent Sleep. Not just one or two 8-hour-nights. I need consistent, good-night sleeps. Being well-rested makes a world of difference.

Consistent Eats. Again, not just one day or even one week of balanced meals. Give me a few weeks of balanced meals, and I know I will rock my workouts.

Comfort. My clothes and shoes much be comfortable, but even more so than that, the temperature must be cool. Mr. How Sweet will tell you – I hate being hot.

Music. Make is upbeat. I’m good to go.

I’m still not quite sure what it was that morning, except that everything magically came together at the right time. My workouts since have been great – but normal. Nothing out of the ordinary and nothing to write home about.

I wanted to share the excellent leg workout with you.

Good luck walking the next day.

Feeling Fabulous Leg Workout

15 minute cardio warm-up

4 sets of 12 lean lunges on each leg

4 sets of 20 alternating side lunges with a tap on the floor

4 sets of 12 stiff-legged deadlifts

4 sets of 12 angled, single-leg, leg presses on each leg

4 sets of 12 leg extensions

10 minute cardio cool-down