You’ve seen the chicken-legged memes online, and you’ve heard the saying that ‘real friends don’t let their buddies skip leg day’ but how accurate are these sayings and images? Is leg training really as important as getting a good bicep pump? No, it’s not. Leg training is even more important than training your biceps, and if you’re guilty of skipping legs, that needs to change right this second. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons actually, but to get things started, here are just 4 reasons you have to train legs.
You will look out of proportion otherwise – If you’re a regular at a gym, you’ll probably have at least one big and jacked dude that always seems to be training his upper-body, whilst wearing baggy sweats. If, during an intense heatwave, you happen to see him training in shorts, there’s a strong chance that his legs will be significantly smaller than his upper-body. You never see him training his legs because he never does. People skip leg day for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s because their legs are always covered up, so what’s the point? And other times it’s because leg training is so brutal. Whatever your reasons for skipping leg day may be, you need to address them quickly because the bigger your upper-body gets, the more ridiculous your lower body will look in comparison.
Boosts hormone production rates – Testosterone is an anabolic androgenic hormone that is responsible for a number of processes in the body. In particular, it influences muscle strength and size, plus it boosts libido and fertility. Growth hormone is another hormone responsible for muscle growth and repair. What does any of this have to do with training legs, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that studies have found that training the legs helps stimulate the production of testosterone and growth hormone. This is because the legs contain the largest muscles, which means that there are more androgen receptors contained within them. The harder these muscles are worked, the more anabolic androgenic hormones your body produces. This means you’ll build muscle everywhere, you’ll be stronger, and your libido will improve as well.
Burn more calories – The two largest muscles in the body are found in and around the legs. These are your quadriceps, and your Gluteus Maximus (butt). As these muscles are so large, when you train them you require more energy. This energy has to come from somewhere, so the metabolism is forced to step up its game in order to burn off more calories to generate more fuel to get you through your workouts. The more calories you burn, the more fat you burn, and the leaner you will look.
You’ll be more functional – Think about it, virtually every physical activity we have to perform requires us to be on our feet while walking. If your legs are small and weak, even something as basic as walking up a slightly steep hill may seem like a challenge. If your legs are big and strong however, you will generate more power, you’ll be faster, you’ll be stronger, and you’ll be less-likely to become fatigued, or to suffer from cramp or an injury.