Nobody likes leg days. There are exceptions – outliers – but for the majority leg-day belongs to it. There are always athletes who skip leg day as a whole. You know them. You never see them training more than their upper body. Still, there will someday come a day and then you doubt whether you can start training your legs anyway.
1 EXTRA MUSCLE GROWTH
Testosterone is a hormone naturally produced by the body. This hormone plays an important role for men. It promotes muscle growth and ensures a higher testosterone level. A recent study, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology , examined the hormonal response during heavy strength training. The scientists came to the conclusion that most of the changes in the release of testosterone took place. So in other words: train your legs for extra muscle growth!
2 BURN MORE CALORIES
The gluteus maximus (gluteal muscles) is the largest muscle in the human body. When you train this muscle, your body burns an incredible amount of calories. A study recently published in the Journal of Applied Physiology examined the energy consumption and metabolism of athletes after several sets of heavy exercises. After 90 minutes of training (think of compound exercises) the metabolism of the athletes increased enormously and this lasted for a few hours.
3 YOU BECOME STRONGER
Maybe you do not believe it, but your abdominal muscles and leg muscles give the most strength during a workout. Even when you do breast exercises, your lower body will ensure that the most tension comes from here to take on a stable posture. Functional exercises – for example deadlifts – make your leg muscles and buttocks stronger. The abdominal muscles always support the body in almost all exercises.
4 LESS CHANCE OF INJURIES
If you do not train your legs, it increases the chance of injuries . Disbalances in the muscles, poorly trained hamstrings and a lack of mobility lead to a range of ailments – including lower back pain and other injuries. Squats, lunges and deadlifts help you develop hamstrings and build muscles around your weaker joints and help you with stability and mobility. Let’s be clear about this, men. If you want to build muscle mass and reduce the risk of injuries, we advise you to consistently train your legs. Do you train three times a week, for example? Then train your legs at least one day per week.