If you have been looking for a leg workout to build bigger legs, then you need to watch these 5 tips that can apply to any workout for legs. It isn’t always about the split that you are doing that determines how big your quads and hamstrings are going to become. Instead, it’s the way you perform your leg exercises and how you load the exercises you are performing that can make a difference in the results you see.
For this, we showcase a real hardgainer for leg development – Jesse. As you may remember, when Jesse first appeared on the channel he was extremely skinny and found it difficult to build muscle anywhere let alone on his legs. He tried everything. Heavy squatting. Two a days. High volume. None of it seemed to work when it came to building bigger legs. That is when I shared with him 5 leg workout tips for building bigger legs that have changed his development substantially and can do the same for you.
The first thing we addressed was something that was actually contrary to one of the methods I grew up admiring – the heavy duty method. There it was recommended that when someone was training natural that one of the easiest ways to spark new growth in a stubborn muscle was to drop the volume and spread out the number of days between leg workouts. Of course, the intensity would have to be higher to account for this decreased volume.
That said, what I find as a prerequisite for sparking new leg muscle growth however is the opposite. If your legs just won’t grow, the first thing I suggest is adding a leg workout to your weekly training split. If you are doing a push pull legs or a total body workout, just add a leg day to the weekend. Remember, with the additional volume presented by this leg day you might have to potentially lighten up a bit on the legs in that last total body session of the week.
Next tip is to flip the script on your leg training and stop focusing just on doing heavy squats and lighter accessory lifts. In fact, if you haven’t done light squats and high rep squats before this is exactly the change that is bound to spark the most gains by doing so. Add a couple 15, 20 or even 25 reps sets of squats into your leg training and you will see a huge difference in the size of your legs. On the other hand, instead of just doing light lunges and bulgarian split squats, opt to train these leg exercises heavy for just the spark you need for more growth.
If you aren’t doing lunges, I am highly recommending that you do. There is nothing better to compliment a well designed leg workout than a few sets of lunges. I prefer to do these in the reverse direction since it takes some of the load off the knees. The key to their inclusion is that they are an athletic application of training that can’t be overlooked, and they relieve people of ankle and hip mobility issues that may make squatting alone quite difficult.
Next, you want to be sure you’re including glute ham raises for your posterior chain development. You don’t need to have a GHR machine to do this leg exercise. Instead, you can anchor your feet under a couch or bed and get the same benefit. When the exercise feels like it is becoming too easy you can grab a plate and do them with additional weight across your chest.
Finally, as a hardgainer you can’t neglect the importance of eating and sleep for optimal recovery. Especially if you are going to be adding a leg day to your current training split, the fact that leg training can be so taxing on your body makes it even more important that you have the other important elements of recovery in place. Eat smaller meals more frequently if you find it challenging to eat enough, and go to bed a little earlier at night if you find your sleep is restless.
Either way, put any of these in place and you will start to see new growth in your legs in your leg workouts. If you are looking for a complete step by step workout program that will build your entire body and help you to get ripped, athletic muscle – be sure to head to athleanx.com via the link below and choose the program that best matches your current goals.
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