Before we begin it is important to start with a brief introduction to the leg muscle anatomy. This is vital because without the details of the specific muscles you want to exercise on, you may easily get discouraged if you do not get the results you hoped for.
This will help you training to target the appropriate muscle groups and hence lead to positive results. The success of any body builder is governed by how well he knows where the various muscles in his body are located. This is a requirement if you want to develop good muscle tone.
We have various muscles in the legs. One of them is called the quadriceps also known as the quads in short. They are located in the front part of your leg. Also located in the leg are the hamstring muscles which are located in the back part of the upper leg. Further down the leg we encounter the calf muscles which are found in the back part of the leg.
It is a common practice for many bodybuilders to concentrate on the upper body and neglect the leg muscles. This is because when you train the upper body the results are easily noticed by others e.g. when you acquire big biceps and a protruding chest. On the other hand the results of working the legs cannot be easily noticed especially if you spend most of your time in trousers.
There are three tips which you should follow religiously in order to train your leg muscles effectively:
1. Develop a proper mindset.
Many people detest leg workouts because they find them to be to difficult. In any case the legs are usually covered most of the time so why bother. Nevertheless if you set aside at leas one day in a week to workout those leg muscles, you will begin to notice gains in the upper body which will eventually lead to a healthier overall appearance. Lets face it does not make sense to have a swelled upper body which are supported by very wick legs, it looks ridiculous and you are only cruising for a bruising. The greatest decision you can make today is starting to work on the leg muscles.
2. Vary your work out regime.
One of the most recommended exercises for your lower body is the squats. This is highly recommended because you can do them even if you do not have weights. If you do have weights such as the barbell you can use them. Remember when you are doing the squatting exercises initiate the motion with the butt and no the knees. If you are not very experienced with this sort of work out then it is advisable that you seek help from a person who is experienced. Apart from the squat you can perform other leg exercises such as the leg extensions and standing leg curls.
Rest is very important for your muscles to recover. You should try to get a minimum of eight hour of sleep.