Big Man On Campus: Week 1, Day 4
Just like college tests and challenges, leg day will test your resolve and mental strength. If you want teardrop quads and powerful hamstrings, you need to lift with everything you've got. Leg day needs to be trained heavier and harder than any other body part. Extend, curl, squat and shock your body into growth. Leave it all at the gym, Big Man.
Big Man On Campus: Leg Training
Watch The Video - 14:37
60 seconds rest
Broom Stick Twist (Shown with Barbell)25 reps
NOTE: Increase weight on each working set of each exercise.
Abs: 4 rounds, no rest between sets
Bigger Man Tips
Your legs are some of the biggest muscles in your body. That means your mind-muscle connection needs to be stronger on leg day than on any other day. Take extra time before every legs session to get amped, focused and ready for battle.
Because leg day is so tough, it's essential to get motivated. Before I hit the gym, I like to get on bodybuilding.com and watch people destroying their legs during intense workouts. You can also grab a training partner to help you work harder and push past failure.
I prefer to wear a belt during my leg workouts. If you don't have one, don't worry and don't let it stop you from crushing. You can always buy a belt down the road when you start handling heavier weight.
Stay hydrated! Leg day is demanding, so it's in your favor to drink a lot of water. Take sips and stretch during those rest periods.
Progression is a key factor if you want to build, so keep a journal of your exercises and how much weight you use. Add weight every week.
We're working our quads and hammies on the same day because they're opposing muscles. When you contract your quads, you're stretching your hamstrings, and vice versa. I think this is the best way to train legs for optimal growth.
When you're performing straight-legged deadlifts, make sure you keep your back straight. Also keep your legs straight, but not quite locked out. Good form is very important when you deadlift, so keep that core tight. It's not easy to recover from an injured back.
If you're not sure how much weight to go up each set, that's okay. You learn that by trial and error. Add weight, but if it's so heavy you can't hit the reps, strip it. If you hit 12 reps easily, you know next time to add a little more. Leave your ego at the door: You're in the gym to enhance your physique, so don't concern yourself with others.
I don't use straps for many things, but when the weight gets heavy, they help me stick to the bar. Try not to use your straps as training wheels. Instead, build your grip and forearm strength and only add straps when you absolutely need them.
If you don't have a standing leg curl machine in your gym, a lying leg curl machine works just fine. No matter what machine you're using, remember to keep your pelvis flat on the bench to ensure that you aren't swinging or using your lower back. Control the weight and be conscious about using only your hamstrings to curl.
As the weight starts to get heavy, pay special attention to your form. Don't let it get sloppy. Squeeze at the bottom of the movement and come to a full extension without totally locking your knees. Your last set is going to suck, but you need to bring intensity and concentration to get that growth.
When you're through with the hamstring exercises, take five mintues to stretch them out.
I like to do front squats to reach that vastus medialus. When you're headed to the beach, or wearing shorter shorts, you can show off your defined legs.
Because the weight is in front of you and is less stable, you probably won't be able to load the bar like you do for back squats. That's okay—you'll get the hang of it.
Any leg-press machine will work here, so use what your gym has available. Where you place your feet on the plate will target different areas of your quads. If you keep your feet closer together, it'll hit the outer sweep of the quads; if you widen your legs, it'll hit the inside. I like to switch up my foot placement to hit both areas.
Keep your body guessing by changing the speeds of the concentric and eccentric portions of this exercise. Never lift so fast that you sacrifice form or control. We're extending the last set of this movement with a drop set. Your legs may not feel very good, but don't quit!
This last superset is a gut-check. This is where growth happens. By the second superset, your legs will be screaming and your brain will be telling you to stop. Focus your mind. Don't give your legs any other option than to just keep going!
For leg extensions, I try to concentrate on the way down. It helps stimulate lots of different muscle fibers and brings out the cuts in your quads. If you're trying to go too fast, you won't see the size you want. Stay focused and finish strong.
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Free trials at any gym lmao, either that or try looking for calisthenic leg workouts like P90X or Insanity
lay flat on your back in front of the couch put your heals up on the edge of the couch and bridge up with your hips untill your knees are in a strait line with your shoulders, hold for 3 seconds per rep make sure you make it burn, focus on squeezing your glutes and trying to push your heals through the couch. this will get you a great hamstring workout at home
yes hit quads and hamstrings from home is easy just do squats and deadlifts
Lay down over a bench, your face should be facing down, put a dumbell between your ankles and do the same movement as you do with a hamstring machinge
that's like asking why start off with quads first in a routine. it doesn't necessarily matter which part of the leg you start with, just that you hit both quads and hamstrings.
Dumbbell lunges are great! We only have one leg curl machine at my gym so if someone is on it, I just grab a set of dumbbells, find an open spot, and lunge back and forth with them.
Just started off on the program, this was a killer, loved it and the burn from the superset at the end about made me fall over. When I popped out that last jump I had to hold myself up on the extension machine to keep from falling over. I'm going into my senior year of college and I decided I'm going to make it my best ever, thanks for helping me out Steve!
Suck it up dude, your little muscles will get used to it. MAN UP
try that until you can build up power for regular front squats.
Hey bud I know this is a bit late but here's a good alternative. Kneel on a lat pulldown machine with your heels tucked under the the leg supports. Keeping your body straight from your knees to your shoulders (the hip joint can be the hardest to keep straight) slowly lower your body towards the ground. Push yourself back up and repeat for the desired amount of reps. It can be pretty tough but it works wonders. Have fun with it!
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