There’s a running joke in the fitness world that you should never skip leg day. The joke comes from the fact that sometimes people get so focused on their upper body, they don’t build mass in their legs. It’s also because leg workouts can be pretty tough and can leave you a little wobbly the next day if you aren’t careful. However, building mass in your legs isn’t hard if you know what you are doing. Here are some great leg day workouts recommended by our private trainers, so you never skip leg day again.
 
Barbell Squat: Barbell squats are great for your quads but also help build your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Start preparing a barbell with weights. If it is your first time, start with the bar and build up from there. Hold the barbell across your upper back, holding it in place with an overhand grip. Never rest the barbell on your shoulders or neck. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, this wider stance will help you get a low squat. Keep your head up, back straight, and butt out. Slowly lower yourself down until your knees and hips are aligned and stand back up.
 
Leg Press: A seated leg press works your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves like a barbell press. However, it is a little easier on your spine and knees. Start by setting the machine at a lower setting and test the weight, adding 30 pounds at a time until you are comfortable. Adjust the seat so when you sit down your legs are at a 90 degree angle when you press the foot press. Make sure your back is straight and your butt touches the seat Position your feet shoulder width apart and hold the assist handles. Then slowly press your feet forward lifting the feet place and weights.
 
Dumbbell Lunge: Dumbbell lunges work out your glutes, hamstrings, and quads. It also uses your bank, abdominal, and calf muscles for stability. Start with two dumbbells of equal weight in each hand at the side of your body. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Then with the right foot step forward about 2 feet. Keep your torso upright and back straight. Then lower your body bending your knees. Do not let your front knee bend over your toes. Stand back up and return to the starting position. Then repeat on the left side.
 
These three mass building workouts are great for working out all the muscle groups of your legs. For more ideas on how to build mass in your legs, talk to one of our private trainers. We’ll put together a program to help you gain mass throughout your whole body and find leg workouts that you enjoy.
 
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