I’m a former soccer player and fitness enthusiast that loves doing upper body workouts. I often find it is very easy to fall back on only working on arms or chest when short on time. I personally avoided doing squats, deadlifts or lunges. That’s because there is nothing worse than trying to run around a field with really sore legs. But as I have gotten older and more experienced in fitness, I have learned that if you are every short on time to exercise, the best option is to work on your legs. So today, let’s just dive in on why when you’re in doubt, do legs!
Your legs have some of the biggest muscle groups in your body. They include your glutes (butt,) quads (front of your legs,) and your hammies (back of your legs). When you exercise the biggest muscle groups, you burn more calories. So it only makes sense to work the biggest muscle groups in your body when you are short on time. If you are trying to lose weight or get stronger, this is even more important. A common mistake I see when I go to the gym is people coming in for a quick workout. And most of the time, they go straight to the dumbbell rack to do some curls. Working small muscle groups is not going to give you the same bang for your buck. At least not in the way working your bigger ones will. And that’s no matter what your goals are.
Exercising the biggest muscle groups in your body will also give you a bigger testosterone boost. If you are a female hearing that you’re getting a testosterone boost from exercising may sound scary. I can promise you right now that unless you are a genetic anomaly, eating the absolute perfect diet, have the perfect workout programming, and taking steroids, you will not get “bulky” overnight from doing some squats. The more testosterone you have, the more potential you have for building muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. In other words, you want some testosterone whether you are male or female.
Another great thing about doing leg workouts is that you can get a very efficient workout with no equipment. I will say though that if you are trying to squat or deadlift a certain amount of weight, you need to practice squatting or deadlifting with a bar. Doing jump squats or lunges with body weight won’t help you with those goals unfortunately. If those aren’t your goals and you need a quick workout, doing simple things like as many squats as possible in 10 minutes or lunge for 10 minutes straight with no weight can be a great workout in itself.
You also don’t need a lot of space to do these exercises so even if you are on vacation or somewhere that may not seem ideal, there is no excuse as to why you can’t get a squat or lunge workout in. You’ll also notice that when you exercise your legs more frequently you won’t get as brutally sore every time you do legs. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a meathead bro say their legs are so sore from doing legs for the first time in 3 months, I would have a subscription to all the streaming services; out of my own pocket.
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Now that you know all the amazing benefits of exercising legs, I can honestly say from experience that you may enjoy doing leg workouts more with this article in mind. You’ll be happy to see how the rest of your body changes from doing lower body workouts. So next time you workout and you are short on time, just remember, “When in doubt, do legs!”