When building your perfect physique it is important not to leave your legs out. There is nothing more ridiculous than having a ripped upper body with the legs of a 10 year old boy.
By using the following tips you will be able to train your legs, ensuring you finish off your look.
Tip #1: Work your legs twice weekly
If you are splitting your workouts to hit certain muscle groups then you must not forget about your legs.
The aim is to work them thoroughly at least twice a week, and if done correctly you will struggle to walk the next day.
You could choose to work your quads one day with your hamstrings on another day, or you may choose to work them together. Just remember to work them!
Tip #2: Work both quads and hamstrings
You need to think of these 2 muscles as a mirror of each other. That means you need to work them both equally, like you would your chest and back for example.
Otherwise you will find that one will develop more than the other, which is never a good look.
Tip #3: Use a full range of motion
For best results you should try and use your full range of motion. So, for example if you are squatting, then you need to go as deep as possible.
Obviously you should try not to injure yourself so you will need to hone your technique by looking at both your ankle and hip mobility.
To make sure your technique is correct you should initially perform your reps using a lighter weight.
Tip #4: Squats
You will sometimes hear people saying that it is possible to train your legs without doing any squats.
Well, while it is true that you can build muscle in your legs without squatting there is a reason why it is one of the most popular leg exercises.
If you want to see the best results then you need to squat. You don’t even have to stick to the standard squat either if you struggle with it. There are numerous variations that you could try.
Tip #5: Watch your reps
There is no need to go crazy doing multiple exercise and hundreds of reps to give your legs a good workout.
In reality you should only do between 3-4 different quad exercises with 2-3 exercises for your hamstrings.
The range of reps should be between 4-20 depending on the exercise and your goals.
Tip #6: Make sure your warm-up
To avoid injury you should warm up any muscles before you start lifting heavy.
You may want to do a 5 minute cardio routine to get your blood pumping, or you could do a few reps at a much lighter weight to stretch out your muscles.
Tip #7: Don’t forget your calves
As with your other leg muscles you should aim to do 2-3 different calve exercises, twice weekly.
You don’t want “chicken legs” do you?