There is an epidemic going on, where no one feels like they need to train their legs anymore. I used to be someone that would never spend any time on developing my leg muscles. When I learned the error of my ways, was when I started to feel like I had become one of the guys that you just know takes care of himself. Here are four very important reasons why a leg day shouldn’t be a stress-inducing day, but rather one where you know you’re continuing your quest to get all muscled up!
1. It looks bad
I’m not going to pull any punches here so believe it when I say that your skinny legs, attached to a massive upper half are being noticed. I thought that I could hide the fact that I never used to effectively train my legs but it’s tough to keep hidden forever. Mark my words, a day will come in which you have no choice but to wear a pair of shorts and the truth will be revealed! Wouldn’t it be so much better to not fear that day, but welcome it with two chiseled legs of stone, I know that’s what I would want.
2. You’re putting too much weight on your upper half
Like seeing a Jenga tower that has too much going on at the top of it, loaded down with those little pesky blocks, a buckle is going to happen. When you focus all attention on your upper half, you leave yourself with legs that are yearning to be trained the same way. We know that muscle weighs more than fat, why would you want all of that weight bearing down on two legs that aren’t fully equipped to bear that weight? Building muscle onto your legs will help even out the weight distribution issue, making the weight imbalance less noticeable.
3. Missing out on new growth pathways
If you’re skipping out on leg day, you probably aren’t aware of the lifts that you’re missing out on! Let me be the first to tell you, many different training exercises that mainly strengthen the legs, doesn’t just mean that’s where the strength stops! Why the biggest of the big use full body exercise routines is because they know that lifting with your legs adds muscle in other places. When I began weightlifting, I wondered how lifting was going to help me get abs that I obsessed with having. It didn’t take long reading up about full body routines, until I read about how squats were connected to showing abs, better than most other techniques. As you know, the squat is an exercise commonly associated with leg day.
4. Less potential for injury
If you had a car, one that had everything well maintained and regularly brought to a mechanic, you would have a car in great condition, with no risk for any serious problems. The people that are the equivalent of this car are the ones who regularly train their legs. If we had a car that had everything maintained but the wheels, that vehicle will always be at risk to end up getting damaged. Think of your legs as the wheels of your car, if you keep putting stress under scrawny legs, an injury could be in your near future.