Legs are obviously an important body part. First of all, they help us move around and make the most of the life around us. Secondly, they’re prominent features of our overall physique.
With both in mind, walk these four steps to great legs:
Warm it up
Make sure you warm up before doing weighted leg exercises. Getting the blood flowing with a brisk walk or jog on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes with some fascial mobility stretching will get the range of motion primed before your first working set. This approach will help to prevent injury.
There are various muscle groups in the lower body. This means it’s important to vary the type of exercises, foot positioning, reps and sets that you do to stimulate all the muscle fibers and keep your body guessing. For example, when doing squats, place your toes parallel on your first set and then toes out in a plié position to target the hamstrings, glutes, adductors and quads on a different plain for your second set. Muscle development happens by having to adapt to a stimulus so mix it up and you’ll stimulate greater shape to legs.
If you want to have nice strong, lean legs, you’ve got to lift heavy and support muscle growth to smooth out and burn access body fat. To do this, you’ve got to have a good nutrition plan to help optimize recovery and shape your results. A simple 300-400 calorie cutback per day, if needed, can help burn off an extra five pounds in a month and reveal some great leg lines.
HIT the Cardio
When you hit the treadmill, intensify your results by jumping off every 3-5 minutes and do 30-60 seconds of pop squats, scissor lunges or deadlifts for your 3-5 rounds.
When you increase the strength and endurance of your legs, it makes it easier to live a more physically active lifestyle and you burn more calories overall and may indeed be a secret to staying trim.