The popular idea in the gym is to build a great upper body, so you can show off those powerful muscles to everyone you meet. Most of the time, the decisions we make earlier are the best. Somewhere along the way, you start hearing things like, this guy or that guy looks silly with his huge upper body and slim legs. You start to think about developing big legs so that your physique seems more in line with the people you are with in the gym.
The times when it is correct to strengthen the legs
In particular, at specific points in a person’s life, performing a routine leg workout makes sense. When you are new to weight training, this is the only point where I suggest that a person do routine exercises to strengthen the legs. To guard against any potential damage later in the training lifespan, a person who is new to weight exercise could practice a small leg work regimen so that they can build some core and quad strength. Younger children who are just beginning to exercise with weights are also included in this category.
If a person has very thin legs, I would make a second exception to my personal rule. In such cases, it might be necessary to lift a little weight and squat. The two most efficient leg exercises that will build muscle quickly are the deadlift and the squat.
I only suggest this routine leg workout once or twice a week for no more than six months, in the two situations I talked about.
Building huge legs destroys your physique.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when bodybuilding began to become more accepted in popular culture, this concept of building huge legs became popular. To have a good proportion, you had to develop that “hourglass” physique, but this concept was only in men’s heads.
To strengthen my legs, I used to pack on 315 pounds of weight on the squat rack. That turned out to be a terrible mistake. Why did he really need such huge legs?
Huge legs make you look ridiculous.
When you look at a well-dressed man with huge legs going out at night, have you ever considered that something about him doesn’t seem exactly right? Either you wear baggy jeans that look ridiculous, or your pants are too tight and your legs are tight in them like sardines in a can. What if you see a big man in a suit? It just doesn’t seem right.
You don’t want them to think when they see you in the gym, man, that guy probably spends all his time here; This is exactly my point that I want to get across. All you want is to appear pleasing to the eye, like a man who keeps himself in good shape.
So what do I do to perfect my legs without doing heavy leg lift work?
You will see that they have something in common when you review the NBA players and sprinters. Most of them have well defined legs, but not huge. In order not to develop their legs too much, most of them stay away from excessive muscle development. The huge legs would only interfere with his natural abilities to compete effectively. Without the oversized legs you see when you look at bodybuilders, these sports just build good dense leg muscles.
To make sure I get enough leg training without going through a heavy leg lifting routine, I have a certain regiment that I do; let me share it with you.
Monday: back, abs, chest
Tuesday: biceps, triceps and shoulders.
Repeat this regimen on Saturdays and Sundays.
I hit hard cardio using High Intensity Interval Training after each type of resistance training; that’s my secret. Alternate between the treadmill and the treadmill.
Remember: yet another benefit of doing a leg workout like this is having a good butt. Better looking than squats, your glutes will get that lean look. Sprint stiffens the butt to give it a firm look. By making it look too big, squats build the butt instead.
I made a blog post about ripped legs.