YOU WILL OFTEN HEAR PEOPLE SAYING YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP LEG DAY OR YOU’LL HAVE SEEN THE LEG DAY MEMES.
But why is leg day so important? Well when you look at the muscles of the body, large portion of these are in your legs. So why would you not train them? Really leg day should happen twice a week. So why do people, especially guys skip leg day? Well for one it’s bloody hard. Ask anyone who does do leg training on a regular basis and they will tell you, leg sessions are taxing to the body and mind. But the results you get are second to none. Wether your goal is fat loss or muscle gain, leg training will burn more calories, activate more muscle fibres and create full body strength like no other muscle group.
You will gain more full body muscle with leg training in your routine. Testosterone is the hormone that is naturally produced in your body and plays a key role in helping increase the growth of muscle mass and strength. Compound moves such as squats and deadlifts, which use large muscle groups, help elevate your testosterone levels. So next time you think about skipping on the lower half, think of the gains you’ll be missing on the upper half.
As I stated, the lower half of your body has some of the largest muscle groups including the Gluteus Maximus (Bum). As you can imagine when you work larger muscle groups, your body requires more energy to be used than smaller muscle groups. Therefore when you are training your legs you can burn more calories than focusing on upper body movements and isolation movements.
IMPROVEMENT IN UPPER BODY
You may not believe it but it does make sense, create a strong foundation and the rest of your build will be stronger. It also helps with conditioning, try doing a set of 10-15 squats and not feel like you’ve just done a hill sprint. So if improving strength, fitness, losing weight and gaining muscle are in your list of goals then you’d better be hitting those legs.
REDUCTION IN INJURIES
Not only do you get stronger from leg training, but you will help prevent imbalances that often cause back pain and postural problems. By ensuring that your hamstrings are worked fully you will reduce the risk of issues such as back pain. Squats, lunges and deadlifts will help develop your hamstrings, build muscle around weak joints and help promote stability and mobility. Why would you skip these?!?
So if you’ve been guilty of skipping out on legs try and add in at least one day a week to the large portion of your muscle groups and train legs. Here’s a simple programme to get started and like always remember we are here to help! Want a more personalised programme made for you? It’s FREE OF CHARGE as part of your membership so get booked in now.
Squats (Bodyweight, Barbell or Goblet) 4 sets of 12 repetitions.
Lunges 4 sets of 10 repetitions
Leg press 4 sets of 12 repetitions
Leg extensions 3 sets of 15 repetitions
Leg Curls 3 sets of 15 repetitions
Calve raises 3 sets of 12 repetitions
Let me know how you get on…