Guys, do you regularly skip leg day and hate the feeling of walking following a hard session in the gym? Do you want to find a way to turn heads like a Hollywood heartthrob with a physique that sets you apart? Read on to find out how
Why Train Legs?
First off let’s get one thing straight, I’m not saying to give up on training your legs altogether, so before you throw your hands in the air at the thought of no more wonky leg walks following a day of heavy squats and walking lunges, that’s not what I’m saying, instead what I’m proposing is a change of approach, to build a bigger, stronger, more complete physique.
There are a few different reasons why we train legs that are worth addressing first, although we’re not going to expand on the known benefits of exercise, resistance training or how it can support the building of a strong body as those things are well established.
However, from a functionality point of view, so much of what we do comes from the legs, hips, and glutes, so it makes sense that having a strong lower body is something everyone should aim for.
If you’re an athlete or play regular sports, it’s even more important that you have a strong lower body as trying to sprint with weak glutes or hips or an underdeveloped lower body will leave you lacking for performance and taking part in any type of power sport, when you can’t actually generate any power, will have a very similar effect.
From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, no one wants to look unbalanced, with a big chest and tiny legs as it can affect how you look and how you perform, leading to muscular imbalances, causing injuries and if we’re honest, also causing you to look pretty weird.
So with all that being said, why am I talking about cutting out leg day?
Superhero and Leading Man Form
Take a look at any Hollywood leading man or action hero, any superhero film from recent time and you will see a few things in common.
They all have:
The heartthrob, the hero, the main guy that we all want to be and that is how they look, which begs the question, if that’s the ideal look, why are we spending so much time on our lower body?
At which point you must ask yourself, how exactly do you want to look?
As with most things, the volume and frequency with which you can train will play a huge role in what you do at the gym.
A quick look above tells you that the superhero ‘look’ is heavily geared towards the upper body and therefore if you can only train 3 times a week it’s going to be hard to hit all the required muscle groups and have some left over for legs.
However, once you can start to make the gym 4 or more times per week you do begin to open up your training possibilities and with it, your opportunity to increase your volume, your frequency and the overall amount of work you do on your body but unless you’re consistently workout out 4 or 5 days a week, giving legs their own day doesn’t make sense.
By looking at the muscle groups in question and dividing them equally to ensure sufficient work on each muscle group, you can begin to build a true superhero physique that will turn heads and inspire followers everywhere and you won’t need to spend a day unable to sit down as a by-product.
How Should You Train?
That’s the million-dollar question right there.
Whilst I am saying a full leg day may not be necessary, you do still want to include legs, for the obvious benefits that have already been discussed above but as with most things in fitness, there are many different factors.
All of these things will determine the correct way for you to train to achieve the coveted Superhero or leading man look, but let’s see if we can get a little clearer and look at some examples.
So much of what you do in the gym will be dictated by other people and social norms, not whether it is right for you, and that must stop.
For too long people have been following a bodybuilder type muscle building split, forgetting that they are not bodybuilders.
Everyone doesn’t need to spend an entire day destroying a muscle group and in many cases, people shouldn’t.
Your levels of tolerance and ability to successfully complete an exercise should come before anything else and before that should come whether or not you actually need to do and what the benefits will be.
The same goes for leg day.
If your goal is to have a proud chest, big shoulders and a strong back, a physique that inspires awe, fear and inspiration all at the same time, then spending a full day, killing your legs, is the wrong move.
By moving away from the old school bodybuilder split mentality, and towards a more effective, goal focused training plan, you can begin to shape your body and finally get the results that you want.
And with it, possibly kiss leg day goodbye.