Legs are the foundation for any mammal walking the face of the earth, our pillars of strength, look at the magnificent horse or a bison, it all comes down to those leg muscles. Humans have come a long way in surviving this evolution, and the change in leg anatomy is significant compared to primitive times.
We use our legs extensively for everyday activities and keeping them strong and muscular is of prime importance, but going to the gym and performing some random workout isn’t going to build one’s legs. It requires intense activation in terms of load on the muscle and time under tension, one has to push beyond the limits and stress the muscles beyond the routine exposure of daily activity to respond and grow.
An excellent place to start is squats with proper form. They are compound movements that deploy a wide range of muscle in the legs quadrant, keep the squats profound and straightforward with a full range of motion and make sure the last few reps make you struggle to get up.
The leg press is another effective workout. When performed with correct form and range of motion, it will be useful in exhausting the muscle fibres to their fullest. Vary the toe angle from inward to mid and outward as that will work various leg muscles.
Few other workouts such as walking lunges and hack squats are effective ways of activating one’s leg fibres. However, be mindful of performing each rep as slowly as possible with the most profound movement, even when you’re done push yourselves to do those five more reps when you feel muscle failure.
So next time push yourself to do that extreme leg workout and make sure you have a driver to hitch a ride back home.