Pete Physique – Tip #132
If you want muscular legs then squats is the king of all leg exercises. When I started training in high school I knew nothing about legs. I felt if it didn’t help me get laid I wasn’t going to worry about doing it. Besides, my pants cover up my legs. But I was dead wrong about the benefit of training your legs.
I was introduced to the squat exercise in college while wrestling. The trainer put the wrestling team through sets of high rep squats and for the next few days my legs were sore. Every time I would sit and get up my legs were screaming. After a few months of adding squat exercises to my routine, I saw and felt my glutes getting more defined. Another benefit is it increases your hormones more than any other exercise because it’s the largest muscle on your body.
Squats are an easy exercise to build into a workout. Ideally for beginners, you want to do them every week, preferably three times a week. As you build up your strength you can reduce the squats to once or twice a week. The secret is keeping the repetitions low (5 – 8 reps) and weight high to gain muscle. Squats and calves raises are the only exercise where you can perform up to a 20 repetition set. Try it out on your last set and you will feel your legs bursting out from your pants.
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