When it comes to exercising our legs, many people tend to have more difficulty in this area than other muscle groups. Our legs should be the strongest muscle groups in our body, however many of us fail miserably when it comes to properly training them at the gym.
Not only do many of us use improper form and fail to perform the exercise properly, but many of us aren’t just wasting time doing the wrong exercises as well. Your are the biggest mistakes people make one train their legs, and the proper way in which they should do so.
First thing you want to do when it comes to any type of muscle group and exercise is to first gain functional strength. This is one major reason why you should avoid revolving your leg work out around extension machines, in fact it is advisable to avoid them altogether.
This because machines like the leg extension machine cannot serve any functional purpose in life and in addition can put unnecessary strain on the ligaments and tendons which comprise the knee joint.
You should work on functional strength first and foremost a specially if you’re someone is new to the gym, because if you don’t develop dysfunctional strength first and foremost it’s going to negatively affect your performance down the line.
If you are someone who is new to the gym you should focus on using free weights first and foremost and tried to avoid machines as much as possible. This is because machines are designed to support the weight for you, which doesn’t do any of our supporting muscle groups any good.
Another huge problem that many of us fall victim to is that’s we avoid the most difficult exercises and opt to for ones that are a little less strenuous. This makes sense as the goal for many of us is to gain as much muscle mass and strength while exerting the least amount of effort necessary.
This is especially true again for people who are new to the gym. Instead of say heading over to the squat rack and picking up a straight bar, slapping in all of your back, and getting down and dirty; many people opt to go to the squat machine instead.
While using the machine isn’t going to be a detriment as far as your gains are concerned in the main muscle groups you’re targeting here, UR it’s going to be developing a stabilizing muscles as you would buy doing this exercise in the traditional manner.
The best time to implement most difficult exercises in your routine is when you first start. Get into a habit of revolving your workouts around squats, Deadlifts, bench press, pull ups, and pushups. These five exercises are arguably the best ones you can do for all around functional strength and to gain muscle mass.
For those of us were more experienced at the gym, adding more mass to our legs can be more difficult. After you put on those newbie gains, any additional muscle mass gained after words can seem like a strenuous process.
Many people fall into our routine of doing the same exercises, in the same sequence, and at the same weight yet they expect consistent results. Doing this after wiles going to allow the body to adapt to your routine, which means that your body is going to be able to perform the exercise with more efficiency however that means that you’re going to see less and gains as a result.
This is a common problem for many people who regularly go to the gym, as this type of routine easily get stagnated. In order to boost the results are seeing in your leg workouts, you should employ a different strategy..
Something to consider here would be to first and foremost adjust the amount of repetitions you’re doing during your leg exercise. Due to the fact that the legs are the strongest muscle groups in the body, they can lift the most weight and many of us revolve our leg exercises around lifting a huge amount of weight.
Another effective strategy to help you put on more muscle mass is to decrease the amount of weight you’re lifting at the same time increase the repetitions. We do this because we have to remember that there are different types of muscle fibers which reside in any type of skeletal muscle tissue, and different muscle fibers are going to respond differently to different types of exercise.