THE BEST LEGS WORKOUTS

This comprehensive lower-body assault will help you improve your leg-training workout.


There is a thin line between overtraining and undertraining your legs. Surprisingly, the majority of us fall into one of the two groups. That issue may be brought back to a single question: what kind of lower body workouts do you perform? And how are you exercising your legs? Leg exercises are approached differently by various people. First, there's the man who spends 45 minutes at the power rack performing squats before going on to the rest of his 90-minute quad exercise. Then there's the person who believes that a suitable lower-body workout for legs consists of a machine-only session during which he hardly breaks a sweat.


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THE USE OF MULTI-JOINT MOVES IS ESSENTIAL


Following a split that requires you to train legs one day per week would cripple you with 20 sets at maximum weight and prevent you from advancing as much as you could.” Peterson has nothing against extensions and curls, but a good lower-body exercise for legs regimen should include multi-joint activities like lunges, squats, and step-ups. These workouts target not just the quadriceps and hamstrings, but also the glutes, a bodypart that is rarely mentioned among males until it involves people of the opposing gender.


“The glutes are one of the largest muscular groups in the body, and it is irresponsible not to train them,” Peterson adds. “Read a women's magazine — that's the playbook of the other squad. Women will notice your glutes before they see your firearms. In addition, exercising the glutes increases metabolism by activating such big muscles.”


ATTACKING ALL ANGLES


To optimize muscle fiber activation, all bodyparts should be exercised from a variety of angles. This guidance is especially essential for legs since your quads are made up of four distinct muscles, your hamstrings are made up of three, and a plethora of fibers “come in from the north, south, east, and west” to create your glutes, according to Peterson. “It's not simply crouching and driving up,” he says. “You may alter your stance and the location of the weight by performing front squats, back squats, and one-leg exercises. Many individuals simply do it by rote or do not do it at all.”


GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CORE


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EXERCISE 1 ON DAY 1

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT DUMBBELL OVERHEAD

4–5 sets, 8–12 reps per side


Begin:


Operation:


GUNNAR'S TIP:


EXERCISE 2 ON DAY 1

SWING KETTLEBELL WITH FLIP TO SQUAT

2–4 sets, 8–15 reps


Begin: kettlebell


Performance:


GUNNAR'S TIP:



EXERCISE 2 ON DAY 1

SWING KETTLEBELL WITH FLIP TO SQUAT

2–4 sets, 8–15 reps


Begin:


Performance:


GUNNAR'S TIP:


EXERCISE 1 ON DAY 2

Sets: 4–5, reps: 8–12 SMITH MACHINE FRONT SQUAT TO BACK SQUAT

(Perform 8–12 repetitions of front and back squats.)


START:


Performance:squat


GUNNAR'S TIP: "On the back squat, try to focus on driving through your heels to get the most out of your hams and glutes."



EXERCISE 2 ON DAY 2

LEG CURL TO HYPEREXTENSION WHILE LYING

4–5 sets, 8–15 reps


Begin:


Performance:


“Rise gently on the hyperextension and go for the contraction,” says GUNNAR. You want to feel this one; you don't want to just knock them out.”“Rise gently on the hyperextension and go for the contraction,” says GUNNAR. You want to feel this one; you don't want to just knock them out.”

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