Focusing Your Efforts to Build Muscle in Your Legs

When you think about body building, you may think about upper body exercise but to build muscle in your legs is just as important. You don’t want to have a body that’s unbalanced with a toned upper body and wimpy lower body.

Many people struggle to get the same tone and definition in the legs that they get in the chest, back, and arms. But if you focus on building your legs, you can have larger legs that are stronger, leaner, and more impressive.

You’ll actually improve the definition in your upper body by working your lower body. A total body workout sets up the right environment for muscle to build and for your metabolism to increase so that you burn more fat.

If you want to really get good definition in your legs, you’ll need to use heavy weight. Remember that your legs carry your entire body around all day and they’re already pretty strong. In order to build muscle, you’ll have to really fatigue them with heavier weight.

After one or two sets, you should feel that your leg muscles are at the point of failure. That means that you’re not able to perform smooth and controlled movements anymore. That doesn’t mean work out to the point of being unable to walk.

The best exercises to build muscle in your legs include squats, leg extensions, hamstring curls, calf raises, and dead lifts. When performing these exercises you’ll want to use heavy weight and perform your movements slowly and with controlled movements.

If you can’t control your movements, you need to switch to a lighter weight until you can. Over a short period of time you’ll find that your leg muscles become stronger and more defined. You’ll be able to add more and more weight to continue to build the strong lets you desire.

It’s also important to make sure that you don’t lock your knees while exercising. This can cause problems with circulation and damage to the joint. Again, if you’re not able to do it without locking your knees you may need to try lighter weight.

Instead of choosing to work one day on your upper body and another on your lower body, it’s best to work out the entire body at once. Then you can take the next day to rest and allow recovery and muscle building activities.

By focusing on the lower body, you can not only build muscle in your legs but you can also improve your overall physical fitness and get more from your upper body workout.

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