5 Tips For Building Bigger Legs
Leg Training is for many people the most challenging body part to train. This is because the Legs are the largest muscle group and require the most amount of Intensity to grow and adapt. The high Intensity factor is largely due to the heavier weights needed for Leg Training and the added cardio vascular output it requires. It's for these reasons that when you commit to training your legs you want the very best results from your efforts. Knowing you're doing things correctly and soliciting growth will help you channel more desire towards your leg sessions. If you can except and implement the points below you will be on your way to building much bigger, more muscular Legs!
1. Accept That Leg Training Will Always Be Intense
This is easier said then done, but it is this fact that you must become intimate with over time. Most people 'skip Leg Day' for this one reason alone, not because of the time it takes to train legs (no more that 45mins anyway), not because they 'don't want big legs' (most Men looking to get in shape would choose big strong legs over skinny weak ones), BUT because it is simply too hard and uncomfortable to train them. The list of benefits from Leg Training is so long that if you truly knew how beneficial it was you would want to train them every single day! The main benefits are Central Nervous System related (not necessarily Hormonal) which WILL drive you forward in your upper body training as well; by raising nervous system tolerance to heavy loads and muscular tension throughout the entire body, as well as increased cardio vascular output.
2. Don't Always Go With Convention
Everyone always says 'Back Squats' are the best exercise for building Legs. Why don't you ask the question, "Why?". Not many people will be able to justify that claim. This is because it is simply an untrue statement. Back Squats can be excellent for some people to build muscle and excellent for some people to build strength and power, BUT they are not excellent for everyone. Most people have poor biomechanics for performing the squat in a way that isolates the Quad muscles, instead the movement is performed using primarily the Glutes (bum) and Lower Back muscles. Add in the free-weight factor and lots of Cardiac output and you are left with a very technically difficult exercise (working mainly the Glutes), which also requires a lot of balance and prior cardio vascular fitness to even perform well. Try using alternative machines like the Linear Leg Press and Hack Squat machines, where the movement is more controlled and isolation of the Quads can occur, resulting in more growth. This is a tip many people fail to employ, and thus vastly limit their leg gains.
3. Change Up Your Stance
Just like changing up your grip during upper body movements, you must also experiment with changing up your stance during Leg Training. In general a wider stance will emphasise the inner Quad muscle (Vastus Me