Get Shredded Legs with these 5 Exercises
Shredded legs are what separate the men from the boys. You need to have strong and muscular wheels as your legs are the foundation of your body. While legs are one of the most important muscles to train, many people around the world skip training them.
You need a combination of compound and isolation exercises in your workouts to take your wheels to the next level. Time under tension, volume and intensity play a major role in developing your legs.
Hack Squats – 3 Sets 15 Reps
Hack squats are one of the most underutilized exercises when it comes to leg training. The hack squat machine helps you to tweak your movement to target your quads from different angles.
Arnold in his book ‘Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding’ said that you are supposed to maintain a full range of motion while performing the hack squats. Place your feet under your body and push your knees forward on the negative motion. Pause at the bottom of the movement and explode back to the starting position.
Leg Extensions – 3 Sets 15, 12, 10 Reps
Most people perform the leg extensions incorrectly. They load the extension machine with more weights than they can handle and use momentum and a jerking movement to lift the weights. The most effective way of doing the leg extensions is to pause for a couple of seconds at the top of the movement.
The positive movement should take one second, hold the weights on the contraction for two seconds, take four seconds on the negative movement and take no rest by racking the weights at the starting point.
Good Mornings – 4 Sets 8 Reps
Since your Hamstrings are at the back of your legs, it is harder to train and develop them as compared to your quads. It also becomes harder to establish a mind-muscle connection with your hams since you can’t see them in the mirror.
Good mornings are a hard exercise to execute and you need to keep the movement slow and controlled to get the best results. If you perform the good morning in a squat rack, set-up safety bars at your belly button level and bend until the barbell touches the safety bars.
Nordic Curls – 3 Sets 15 Reps
Chances are you might not have seen anybody perform the Nordic curls exercise in your gym. Nordic curls can set your hamstrings on fire and you will need a spotter if you have weak hams.
The lat pulldown machine is the best place to perform this exercise. Put your ankles between the knee pads and the seat and place your knees on the seats. Bend your back so it is parallel to the floor. This will be your starting position. Lower yourself using your hamstrings without moving your back, so your face is 8-10 inches away from the floor.
Cannonball Squats – 3 Sets 15, 12, 10 Reps
Perform the squats at the end of your workouts when your legs are completely exhausted. This way you won’t have to lift super heavy weights and your legs will be warmed up so you will have a better range of motion.
While performing the cannonball squats, you need to stand with the balls of your feet placed together and your toes facing outwards. The cannonball squats is a compound exercise which helps in developing the inner sweep of your quads.