I was at work when two of my Sisters came into the gym. One sister was there to take a group X class while the other was an escort. I had the second one hang out with me in the office while she waited for the other to get done with her workout. It wasn’t up to a second when my sister left the office to go check out the cute guys working out on the gym floor. Ten minutes later, she comes into the office staring at me like she had ten thousand thoughts in her head. The next thing I know she’s asking me this question;
“Sis, please help me understand something. Why do men who come to the gym have big chest, in fact, their entire upper body is big. But, when you look down, their legs are missing? Please isn’t there a way to help these guys train their legs so they can stop looking like Johnny Bravo. What are those!?”
I am not making this up. I laughed so hard that I almost fell off my seat. But come to think of it, if a girl who isn’t a fitness enthusiast can point out a guy that skips leg day, then it’s time to rethink symmetry guys.
Personally, I think the reason most guys focus on their upper body more than they do their lower body is because you never see a woman complimenting a man’s legs. When a woman hugs you, she either thinks to herself “Dang, he’s arms are so strong, I bet he can lift me up against the wall” or “Who needs a pillow when I can lay on this chiseled chest” .
There are many benefits to training your legs, but I will share a few that may convince you guys to add leg day to your workout program.
1. Reduces the risk of injury
Muscle imbalance can result to injury. When one keeps repeatedly training a specific muscle group and neglects the other, the stronger muscle group begins to pull the weaker muscle out of proportion. When this happens, it puts a strain on the joint, in this case the knee and hip joint. Strengthening the muscles around the knee and hip joint helps provide stability. Think about it, as we get older we begin to lose bone density, so you’re going to need all the support you can get to protect those knees.
2. Helps you burn more calories
The legs and gluteus maximus are the biggest muscle in your body. Working bigger muscles by performing exercises like squats, lunges, and dead lifts can help you burn more calories because they require more energy to execute these movements and also has a higher metabolic demand compared to smaller muscle groups. So if you are trying to lose body fat, your leg day might just get you there faster.
There are so many other benefits to including leg day to your routine and they are listed below.
It increases your metabolism
Increases your speed
Helps with balance
Relieves lower back pain
increases your range of motion
So guys, go out there and try out some leg exercises. And when in doubt, seek the help of a certified trainer to help you get started.
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