Do you suffer from “chicken legs” syndrome? You know, a well-built upper body, with legs the size of a bird. It really is a funny sight. One you should avoid at all costs. Maybe you put your quads through hell, doing 20-rep squats, and find yourself aching in your back, with negligible progress.
Or maybe you are already happy with how your legs look and you just want to add some extra size for the summer. If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the article for you. We present you with a superb leg training program which will add mass to your legs like never before, provided that you are also willing to push yourself both mentally and physically than ever before and also get a little creative while doing it.
We have to be frank, you might never manage to build legs as huge as pro bodybuilders have (unless you have the right genes), but you can get very close by applying the following protocols and insights on a regular basis. It’s about time you get your legs up to par with your upper body.
The majority of professional bodybuilders and powerlifters would agree that the squat is the most important exercise for proper leg development. The squat challenges your body on several levels by stimulating extreme muscle grown in a systemic approach. The way it does this is by forcing all muscle groups to contract simultaneously in order to stabilize the weight and keep you from getting buried under it. When performed with a smooth and slow descent and an explosive and controlled concentric movement, the legs will get pumped up instantly which will induce growth in the long-term.
Besides looking really hardcore and cool, doing squats with chains is a great method to increase the movement’s level of instability which will increase core strength. This comes quite in handy when you’re striving to increase the resistance in any form. When performing the exercise in this unstable condition, you’re also improving your lifting technique by pulling yourself back into proper position whenever your torso leans too forward.
And what’s probably most important, putting some chains over the barbell required greater efforts. When you explode from the bottom, the full chain weight is slowly added to the barbell. This basically means that if you hesitate, you might fail to extend fully. The most important thing here is to make sure that no matter what chain you add to the already loaded barbell, you need to make each repetition a barely achievable, Herculean task.
Adding drop sets to any workout will greatly intensify it, and this is especially true for a squat workout. Adding two additional drop sets to your final set will really force you to push yourself beyond your current mental capacity. You’ll have to dig deep into your psyche and find the focus and will to endure this. What you’ll get from these two additional sets will pay great dividends in leg size and mental toughness.
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