How to train legs to get a powerful physique? Most people (especially men) who train love to workout their chest and arms but spend little (if any) time training their legs. Ignoring your legs is an enormous mistake as your legs are the foundation of your strength and health. Also, trained and developed legs look great.
Powerful legs are what you need to support your powerful physique.
Muscular legs are also efficient and useful. Training powerful legs, you can achieve with a workout plan that consists primarily of squats, deadlifts, and leg curls. If you are new to heavy leg training with weights, then you need to begin slowly. It will not be easy, and it takes concentration, commitment, and hard work. The rewards are well worth the time and energy spent in the gym.
The primary muscles and muscle groups of your legs include Quads (thighs or quadriceps), Glutes (the gluteal muscles of your butt), Hamstrings (the muscles on the backs of your legs), Adductors (inner thighs), Abductors (outer thighs) and your Calves. Failure to include any one area will leave your legs underdeveloped and lacking strength in that area.
There may be hundreds of exercises that you can use to train powerful leg muscles. However, some basics should form the foundation of your program. If you first focus on the foundations of a solid leg workout, you will build the mass, strength, and power you desire. You can then move to shape your legs and developing the added definition that a solid workout creates.
Start with Squats – Squats are the “KING” of all exercises to train powerful legs. You can squat with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, or even your body weight. For now, focus on performing squats using free weights. Free weight is the proven method of most strength athletes and bodybuilders.
You need to perform your squats safely and correctly.
Squats are also tough on the lungs, and cardio system, so start slowly if you are new to this exercise. Once you increase the weight on the bar and your rep count per set, you will begin to see results quickly.
Performing the Squat – Using a squat rack and the correct stance is necessary to train powerful legs and help prevent lower back and knee injuries. When executed correctly, the squat can be a very safe exercise:
- Position your upper back below the bar
- Grip and steady the bar with your hands about the same distance apart as your feet
- Position your feet, so they point straight ahead or toes very slightly outward.
- Straighten your legs and lift the bar off the squat rack pins
- Lower your body to 90 degrees of knee flexion (thighs parallel to the floor)
- Pause, then slowly return to the starting position and repeat