The Importance of Leg Training
by James Moncrieff

“I hate training legs.” “I’m not bothered about training legs.” “My legs are big enough; it’s just my upper-body I’m interested in.” We’ve all heard it, and if you haven’t said it yourself then you’ve certainly heard the words uttered by someone else. Why? Why is leg training such a big issue for so many?

Well, let’s face it; training legs properly is hard work. It hurts. It takes enormous effort from your entire body, it makes you feel sick, and it burns deeper than any other pump. And that’s just at the time. That doesn’t take into account the days of agony afterwards. Not being able to walk along, crouch down, climb stairs, or even sit on a toilet seat without crying out as your legs fail to lower you slowly and you land hard on your deeply bruised glutes.

And what is it all for? A gut-wrenching, mettle-testing workout and up to a week of pain all for muscles that already look big enough, lean enough, get worked out already, and are never on show anyway?

Those that have discovered the true wisdom of leg training will know that the benefits of such effort go well beyond the significant increases in leg power and strength, speed and condition, coordination, symmetry, balance and performance. Beyond the pure joy of looking down and seeing bulbous, shaped and developed thighs; or the difference between legs with shape and legs without on the opposite sex. Those with the wisdom of leg training know the truth of what we’ve all heard before but so few of us have bothered to test: Training legs makes everything else develop further.

Why? Well, we all know how our muscles improve; we train them with resistance and break down their tissue so that our bodies use hormones and nutrition in order to repair them. With this process they are repaired and made stronger than they were before the training in order to handle the same stresses in the future. So just like using a better nutrition plan, if we released more hormones after training, we’d see faster recovery and even greater growth, right? So how do you release a higher level of natural, muscle-building hormones? You get yourself into the gym and you learn to LOVE training legs. That’s right; leg training means bigger and stronger muscles, everywhere. Let me explain…

Imagine you have been asked to fill a large bowl with fruit juice and have only grapes, apples and watermelons at your disposal. Would you try to fill the bowl using only the grapes when there are not enough to fill it to the top? No, you would be sensible and use the watermelons to quickly and completely fill the bowl despite them being slightly harder to press.

The body is the same. So many trainees attack their biceps in an effort to make them grow; and in doing so they break down the muscles and release hormones to repair them. But due to the small size of the biceps, the amount of muscle broken down only requires a certain level of hormone to repair it. Compare that to training the legs and glutes with close to 70% of your body’s muscle mass situated right there in your hips and thighs. If you train almost three quarters of your body’s muscle mass hard, imagine the level of hormones required to repair those muscles and make them stronger than before. Imagine the hormones you would release. Now do you think those hormones would only repair your legs and leave your biceps stranded and broken while they too need to be mended from training? No. Your biceps will not only be repaired by a grape’s worth of hormone, they too will get a full watermelon’s response, along with everything else that has been trained.

In short, training legs will make everything else bigger. Why use a grape when you can use a watermelon? Can’t think of an answer? Train Legs.