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Leg Workouts That Actually Work

February 4, 2013 | Chris Hitchko

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The lower body includes some of the most overlooked muscle groups. Stroll through your local gym. You will quickly notice that even the most muscular guys often have puny legs. Leg workouts might not be sexy, but they are essential to your performance as an athlete, or simply in your daily life. If you don't have strong legs, you will severely limit how fast you can run, how far you can throw or how hard you can tackle. (See Training Your Legs: Your Body's Greatest Untapped Resource.)

In addition, since performing leg exercises works the largest muscles your body, you burn more calories and release human growth hormone that stimulates muscle growth.

I challenged a student-athlete to stop performing ab-isolating exercises for six months, and to work out his legs five times a week instead. Guess what happened? He got a six pack and was finally able to dunk. Whether your goal is to run faster, jump higher, decrease belly fat or get bigger arms, the best approach is to start with your legs. Here are some leg workouts for men that actually work.

Leg Workout 1

Leg Workout 2

Leg Workout 3

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Topics: LOWER BODY
Chris Hitchko
- Chris Hitchko, CSCS, owns ShowUp Fitness, a personal training facility with locations in Santa Monica and the San Francisco Bay area. He is also an...
Chris Hitchko
- Chris Hitchko, CSCS, owns ShowUp Fitness, a personal training facility with locations in Santa Monica and the San Francisco Bay area. He is also an...
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