Having gigantic ripped legs are things of legend. Sure, everyone loves having massive biceps and chests – but that’s the obvious choice. When you see someone with truly massive legs it’s a sight to behold.
But why don’t you have legs like that? (Unless you do, then congratulations!) We’re here to help you out with that. Many people tend to take it easy on their leg workouts or even skip it all together. This is mostly because legs are one of the harder areas to make look lean and massive.
But instead of giving your legs the silent treatment, here are some ways that you can improve your leg workout game and hopefully build some truly massive muscles.
Your Deadlift and Squat Form Really Sucks
Let’s start off with a simple one. Almost everyone knows that deadlifts and squats are essential workouts for bodybuilding and a great way to strengthen your legs. But it’s not that simple if you are slacking off and screwing up your form. If you curve the crap out of your back on squats or slam the weight down onto the floor for every deadlift rep – you are doing something wrong. This leads to ineffective muscle building. It leads to an inflated sense of how much you can lift. It leads to weak legs. The opposite of what you want.
Use Isolated Movements as Accessory Exercises
This is where a lot of people make mistakes. All of those machines like Leg Extensions and Leg Curls should not be the main focus of your leg workout. These are not go to machines that will make your legs look like bulging monsters.
But don’t ignore these exercises completely. You can work with these machines at high repetitions and medium resistance to really isolate and tone your quads and hamstrings. While the compound exercises will really bulk up the muscle – these exercises will perfectly tone them into incredible definition. Think of these as accessories and not the main meal.
Make Sure to Work Unilaterally
No matter who you are, almost everyone is either right or left dominant. This goes for any body part. This means that when you work your muscles one is always doing a little bit more work than the other.
In order to prevent this, you need to include unilateral workouts into your routine. Exercises like lunges, single leg squats, and single leg deadlifts are surefire ways to make sure your muscles develop evenly.
We suggest that you perform these exercises at the beginning of your workout rather than the end. It’s very common to see these kinds of exercises as something you just sort of tack on at the end of the day. This leads to a half-hearted performance on your sets. Try to hit these exercises while you are fresh to improve the balance between your muscles.
Exercises You Should Add to Your Arsenal
With all of these helpful tips to help you move towards bigger and stronger legs, let’s put all of the essential workouts that you should use in your workout arsenal. Try mixing and matching these different exercises to create something that really maximizes your muscle gains.
- Traditional Deadlifts
- Stiff Leg Deadlifts
- Sumo Deadlifts
- Romanian Deadlift
- Power Clean
- Single Leg Squats
- Single Leg Deadlifts
- Leg Extensions
- Leg Curls
- Standing Calf Raises