So own up to it……..how many of you neglect your legs when you hit the gym? It’s a really common mistake, especially amongst men as they aspire to get those “huge guns” in their arms.
But did you know that by neglecting your legs you may actually slow down your progress on other parts of your body, including that elusive six pack.
At first this may seem a bit of a contradiction but we’ll explain here why it’s true. Believe it or not, your muscles don't just grow from specific exercises you do for a particular muscle. For example, your triceps don't grow JUST from doing triceps related exercises such as dips.
Your body builds muscle on another level too. When many different muscle groups are worked simultaneously, putting the majority of your body under intense stress, muscle growth occurs all over the body. Your body releases important muscle-building hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone which are an essential part of development. And because your legs contain some of the largest muscle groups, when you exercise them this encourages even more growth.
Therefore, you should view an exercise such as squats is not just a leg workout, it’s puts your entire body under stress, working the lower back shoulders and lots of core. This is one of the many reasons why Squats are considered to be one of the most vital exercises to gain muscle.
Introducing a legs workout will also ensure that your body develops in a uniform manner. You could spend months developing a huge chest and arms but if these are supported by underdeveloped legs not only will it give you an unbalanced look, it could also lead to an increase chance of injury.
Your legs are your power stations. Many people think that because they go running, play football, do fitness classes etc that they don’t have to do specific weight training for their legs.
However, because they are so fundamental to your mobility, working out your legs is beneficial to many aspects of life. The best reason to work out your legs is that increased muscular strength and endurance will help you go about daily life with more energy. Strong legs allow you to get through your chores, fitness program and social life more enjoyably and efficiently.
There are so many types of leg exercises that you are sure to find a combination that you enjoy. Some examples are:
- Leg Presses
- Leg extensions
- Calf Raises
Your Glasgow Club gym will have a wide selection of resistance machines and free weights you can use to target your legs.
Why not ask one of our gym instructors for some tips the next time you are in. Once you get started you’ll realise “The Thigh’s the Limit”!!