People usually dislike taking on hard tasks due to being forced out of their comfort zone. If you ever set foot in a commercial gym/health club you will notice that 99% of the strength equipment is catered towards more upper-body emphasis training (bench press, bench press and bench press) with only 1% catering to some type of leg training (leg press & squat rack).
This is a result of the majority of the population being uninterested in training legs due to lack of knowledge and/or a sense of uncomfortability. It’s amazing how people will hesitate on training the only two things responsible for moving you throughout this physical world. Yes, I said the only two things that stand between you and the ground are your two legs, and the weaker they become, the harder it will be to move!
So if you train legs you may be asking,”WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME!?” Well, I am definitely glad you asked!
1) For Men: More Muscle, For Women: More Toning.
This is an easy argument to make to men, if you train legs, your body will get a spike in muscle building hormones through its very physiological reaction to the type of stress being placed upon it. Women take this as,” O-M-G I’m totally going to get huge thighs and calves!”
No, you will not. Women cannot produce the massive amount of hormones to gain the amount of mass they fear they will achieve through training legs. By not skipping leg day, however, women will be able to attain that “toned” look they have all been striving for!
2) Increase Upper Body Strength.
Wait, what? So by training my legs I am simultaneously improving my upper body strength? How is that possible!? When you train legs, the choice of exercises are Lunges, Squats and Deadlifts. When you do these lifts, you need to engage everything in your trunk and above to stabilize yourself and execute the movements effectively. This type of passive engagement through training legs will further assist in the development of your upper body strength and body as whole.
3) Mental Fortitude.
If you want to be an overall success in whatever you are training for, developing your mental toughness is key!
In any goal oriented task, its those who are mentally weak who cannot sum up that last bit of strength to exude the resiliency commonly seen in those who are strong enough to finish what they started.
Training legs is no easy task. It is very mentally and physically taxing on anyone who is training their legs effectively. By constantly training through a challenging set, you condition yourself mentally and increase your tolerance of challenging situations. This will help you push through the most frustrating workout days, weeks or even months and will better your chances in realizing your ultimate training goal!
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