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Leg Workouts: Why Men Should Commit

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As a father, it can be tough to find the time to stay in shape. One thing you should never cut from your schedule is leg workouts.

Leg exercises are an essential part of a balanced fitness routine that builds strength, speed, and stability in those large muscles. Plus, working these muscles will keep your body more stable and help you reach any goals you have for overall fitness.

Everyone knows the guy at the gym who only works his upper body and looks like he’s going to topple over. We don’t want to be that guy. We also don’t want our brothers calling us chicken legs, right?

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why leg workouts are so important for men and how they can benefit both your physical health and your mental health by improving confidence levels.

Benifits

There are many benefits to leg workouts for men. Working your glutes, quads, and hamstrings with exercises such as deadlifts, squats or lunges helps to maximize athleticism.

Stronger legs create an efficient foundation for athletic performance. When rooted into the ground it creates resistance which travels upwards through the core up to upper-body movements like throwing, batting, reaching overhead, etc.

Other benefits include:
1) Improved balance, stability and agility

2) Increased testosterone levels and bone density

3) Weight loss through increased muscle mass, which burns more calories. It’s also easier to maintain a healthy weight when you engage in strength training activities like leg workouts on a regular basis.

4) Enhanced coordination of upper body movements with lower body movement patterns.

Here's how to get started with your first workout:

Warm up by practicing a few dynamic warm-ups and stretching movements for your ankles, hips, legs.

Start with the appropriate leg exercises that will work on strengthening your quads (front of thigh), hamstrings (back of thighs) as well as butt muscles (glutes or buttocks)

Squats

Squats are a great first leg exercise.

Starting with squats is a good idea because they work your quads, hamstrings and glutes all at the same time, which is why they’re considered one of the best exercises for strengthening legs.

You can also do squats by holding weights in front of you such as dumbbells or a barbell to make it more challenging.

Here is a fantastic instructional video on how to perform your first squat. Watch Here

Lunges

After you’ve given the squat a try and felt the burning in your legs, give these a try next. Lunges Lunges are a great exercise for the front of your thigh (quads) and butt muscles. Here is an instructional video on how to perform a lunge with great form: Watch Here Take one long step forward with whichever leg you feel stronger, then take another, until both feet are at an equal distance from each other. Extend your back leg’s knee so that it bends to 90 degrees, then step back to the starting position. Keep your knees bent, and keep a flat foot on the ground at all times. Repeat this with both legs until you’ve done 12 lunges per leg!

Romanian Deadlifts:

Romanian deadlifts do wonders for strengthening your hamstrings and gluteus maximus muscles in preparation for sprinting. Not only that, but they’re also a great way to work your abdominal muscles.

Here’s a great video that will show you perfect form for the Romanian Deadlift. Watch Here

The Romanian deadlift is one of the best leg workouts around, and you can do it anywhere! 

With consistent leg workouts, you can expect to see:

1) More muscle mass in your legs, which will help you power up hills and jump higher

2) Fewer leg cramps from all those squats and lunges; that’s right, strong leg muscles are great for preventing injury!

3) Increased speed because of the increased stability.

How often should you work out your legs?

It’s crucial to be on a consistent fitness journey if you want optimum results. If you neglect leg workouts for days or weeks at a time, you’ll start to see some decline in muscle tone and performance!

However, sometimes we do have unforeseen circumstances that make it difficult to work out like normal – but don’t worry about skipping an occasional workout because as long as the majority of them are being completed you will still see gains. 

On those off days when there is no time for a full routine (or desire), aim for at least 15 minutes of physical activity, so all aspects of training can still get done while also helping instill positive, healthy habits with repetition!

Here is an excellent overall leg workout by AthleanX that will get you serious results: Watch Here

Fitness is a journey

Is your body ready for the challenge? A strong set of legs will help you get there! Work on building those quads, hamstrings, and glutes to make sure that when life throws some tough obstacles at you, it’s not too much trouble getting up again. So don’t neglect training these important muscles with regular leg workouts; they are key in achieving overall fitness goals and avoiding injuries as well.

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