How to Exercise Your Leg Muscles

By: Jesse Miller

You may be working those arms and core to the max, but consider also taking the time to exercise your leg muscles. It's important that you have a balanced workout so that your whole body gets an even tone and definition. It doesn't look good to have well developed upper body and arms but weak lower extremities. You definitely won't want people calling you as having chicken legs now don't you?

Following these simple tips can help you maximize the workout for your leg muscles:

1.Alternate your workout, give those legs the attention they deserve.

One exercise that doesn't let you forget those lower extremities when working out is the squat. Variations exist for this exercise, and it's relatively easy to do. You may start off with low weights to ease into this exercise. Perform this exercise slowly and lead with your butt not your knee as you make the squat. You may need a spotter for safety and correct performance.

Also give time to do any of the following exercises while you're resting your upper body and arms:
Leg extensions for the front of your thigh. Standing leg curls for the back of your thigh.
Calf raises for your lower legs, both back and front (variations: Donkey calf raises, One leg calf raises, and reverse calf raises give you a nicely shaped lower leg).

2.Proper performance gives you great benefits.

You'll be exercising some of the biggest muscles on your body, so you may increase the weight to a level slightly higher than you're used to but not too heavy as it may hurt you. Doing this with lower reps around the range of 5 to 10 in sets of 2 to 4 with proper rest periods (1-2 minutes) in between sets, help prevent or minimize risk injury while maximizing muscle gain at the same time. Once you get the bulk, you may then proceed to using lower weights with higher reps (12- 16) in same number of sets to give you more definition.

3.Variation keeps stagnation away!

Changing, alternating workouts and using different weights help to keep your muscles active and prevent it from adapting. Adaptation is the cause why some people never get what they want from their workout. So keep your muscles on their toes every time you work out. The good thing when you this is you won't get bored with routine and you'll have a fulfilling workout.

4.Give your legs a break and don't eat junk.

Give yourself a good night's sleep, eat healthy and your muscles will thank you for it! When working those legs always remember not to overdo it. Take your time and enjoy the rush you get after working them out.

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