The best advice I can give you when exercising is to put 100% effort into all of your training sessions so that you work your muscles to their maximum in an attempt to grow more defined and stronger ones. Hopefully many of you do work really hard during your workout sessions because this really is key. Training is crucial in growing stronger and more defined muscles because without it, your muscles will not have the stimulus to adapt. Nutrition is equally as important but we won't cover this in this article. Focusing on training, the most important sessions you can perform are those that work many muscle groups in one session. Any ideas as to which session in particular does this??
The key to a great physique is working your foundations and not skipping these intense sessions which you might not look forward to doing. When you think of an oak tree you think of a large foundation, a strong trunk, great width and it being very sturdy. The trunk will stay thick and strong throughout and then the tree will have branches coming out of it which are thinner than the trunk. Why am I talking about an oak tree? Well, because your body resembles a tree and if you think about it, a strong foundation is key just like the tree. If you tried to push a tree as ridiculous as it sounds you wouldn't be able to move it and if you tried to do anything other than hack it down with a saw it wont be moved. The tree resembles our physiques and in order to be strong we need to make sure we work our leg muscles and build a strong foundation that supports a large frame.
Endorphin's, Endorphin's, Endorphin's
Did you know that when you exercise your leg muscles you will release endorphin's which will make you feel great. Ok, so this won't happen during your session and if you train your legs like I do, it isn't a nice feeling! Although, having said that I sure do love training my legs and really look forward to my two sessions a week. Wait a minute, you did read that right, I exercise my leg muscles twice a week to reap the benefits of a stronger body. Following a grueling leg session you may feel tired and you may feel sick, but you will feel so much better about yourself with the release of endorphin's to help boost your mood.
Squat 'Til You Drop
By far the best leg exercise you can perform is a squat which will work all of the muscles in your legs and work your stomach muscles too. The squat is known as a compound exercise which will work your respiratory systems and help work with your digestive system so it really is one of the best exercises you can perform. A single squat will help improve strength, endurance, tone and help with general fat burn. The squat works many muscles which means your body will use up more energy to keep performing the exercise. Where there is great expenditure in energy it also means a greater demand on your body which ultimately means more calories burned. Yes, you will become a fat burning machine the more times you squat and this means you have a better change of achieving your weight loss goals.
Change Your Routine
If you do not train your legs or if you put in more effort with your upper body sessions it might be time to change your routine. Your focus should be on the big muscle groups like legs as they will give you the better benefits from training them. It really is a no brainer and I urge you to change your routine and include more leg training so that you burn more calories and develop a stronger physique.
Of course after a heavy and intense leg session it is always recommended you stretch and re fuel properly by using a whey protein shake. Remember protein is delivered straight to your muscles so it can start the rebuilding process. So my final question, who is going to train their legs hard today?? ;)