Yes, they all look amazingly fit and huge, but a lot of those ripped dudes are skipping leg days and that’s why almost half of these buff guys have those funny chicken legs.
That is never a pretty sight, which is why decided to share with you 7 awesome exercises that will help you build your legs properly.
1. Squat, Squat, Squat
This basic workout will always be the best leg exercise simply because squats are the hardest leg movement a person can do. Squats are tough even when you’re not using weights, but squatting when you’re loaded is the ultimate challenge.
There are two types of squats with weights:
- high bar squats
- low bar squats
When you do the high bar squat, your torso stays vertical, so there is more movement in the knees. This exercise will blast your quads. Low bar squats, on the other hand, are great for glutes, so it’s more popular among women.
2. Olympic Lifts
This traditional weightlifting technique is actually one of the best exercises for legs ever invented. Although it requires a respectable amount of arm strength, this workout will improve your leg strength drastically.
Olympic lifts will increase your jumping power and squat strength almost instantly, but you need to be careful during this exercise. You need to be completely focused on both technique and body position. Otherwise, you may injure yourself badly.
3. Front Squat
Some people think squats are great for bottoms, but not that great when it comes to quads. That’s why we’re putting front squats on this list – they will blast your quads better than any other exercise out there.
You can achieve your goal by shifting the bar from the back to the front of your body. This workout focuses on your quads instead of glutes and hams. That means you’ll have to sacrifice some of the load.
4. Bulgarian Split Squat
This simple exercise is rather effective and easy to master.
- Stand in front of the bench with a dumbbell in each hand
- Put your right foot on the bench behind you
- Lower your body until your right knee nearly touches the ground
- Your front thigh needs to be parallel with the floor
- Repeat and change the position of your legs
5. Dumbbell Step Up
This basic exercise is one of the greatest leg workouts of all time and it can be done anywhere.
All you need is a bench or any kind of elevated surface that will keep your thigh parallel to the ground when you place your foot on it. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and step up onto the bench using only the front leg.
6. Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
Hold a dumbbell in one hand and stand on your opposite leg. Bend your hips back and lower your torso as far as you possibly can. Then squeeze your glutes and extend your hips in order to come up.
It’s a little bit tricky so watch your balance.
7. Bodyweight Calf Raise
It’s important not to focus all of your leg training on quads. You must not neglect your calves!
Stand with your toes on a block and make sure to hold onto something to maintain your balance. Raise your heels as far as you can and then lower them down to a normal position. Repeat until your calves start burning.