Leg day is both my most and least favorite day in the gym.
The night before we squat I get anxious. I get worried, I am a little bit afraid. At the same time I’m excited and psyched knowing that I will soon be headed to the gym to do something that very few people can bring themselves to do. The next day I will hit the battlefield prepared to wage total war!
I don’t know why people (mostly guys) neglect their legs. It’s not fun, and no one at the beach will comment on your great legs, but there are some practical reasons that you should be training your legs just as much as any other muscle group.
Most gym goers and beginners don’t understand why heavy leg training is so important. They run, play soccer, work on the stepper and think they have their legs “covered”.
So why is it important to train your legs with heavy squats and deadlifts?
- Your legs make more than 50% of your whole body muscle mass. More muscle in your legs means more muscle overall.
- The human body is a fine tuned machine that tends to balance its symmetry. When growth is stimulated in any muscle, then growth is also stimulated in the rest of the body to a lesser extent. The legs are the biggest muscle group in the body, so their stimulation will have the greatest effect of stimulating growth in the rest of the body. That means benefits to your upper body by doing squats and leg presses.
- Clinical studies suggest that squats and deadlifts help the production of HGH (human growth hormone) and testosterone production in the body. Those are the most important hormones for building muscle mass and burning fat.
- Your abdominal and lower back muscles are directly worked when doing heavy squats and deadlifts. This saves you time and effort when doing abs and helps you build a solid and stable core.
- The real reason for not training legs is probably the fact that training legs is physically and mentally very hard, and leaves you tired and in pain long after the workout is done. That’s why doing squats and leg presses will build your mental endurance & character like no other exercise.
And let’s be perfectly honest, if you have a huge upper body and chicken legs, you look like an ass. While you are busy admiring your huge guns in the mirror other people are staring at you laughing at your pencil legs.
Of course what other people think of you is not a good reason to train a muscle group, but I’m just being honest here.
So get your head in the game and legs into your workout program!