Having strong back and leg muscles is crucial for having a proportionate and balanced body. Health experts say that the lower half of your body bears almost 50 percent of the total muscle mass. But, how much time do you actually spend on leg exercises? From my experience so far, I’ve noticed that most gym goers perform leg exercises occasionally. They have a common opinion that only the upper body is important and they can do away with leg exercises by wearing long shorts. However, the importance of having a proportionate body cannot be overstressed. Just imagine how you would look if you had a broad chest and strong arms and sparrow legs.
Muscle building in the upper half is directly related to muscle mass in the lower half. The largest muscles in the body are in the legs as well as the back muscles. Working on the leg muscles and glutes stimulates hormones, which affect all the muscles in the body. Therefore, you are indirectly helping build muscles in your upper body while exercising the lower body.
The front portion of the thighs, connected to the kneecap is a group of muscles known as quadriceps. These muscles help you straighten the leg. Hamstrings are muscles on the back portion of the thigh, which are responsible for flexing the leg. Both muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings work together with glutes and allow the body to perform a sitting and standing movement.
The best exercise, which most body builders recommend for legs is squats. Variety of squat exercises such as Smith-Machine squat, front squat, Bulgarian spilt squat, and Romanian deadlift can help you develop lean leg muscles. These squat exercises help you pull heavy weights and make your body proportionate. Practicing squat exercises and perfecting them will help you get the most out of your muscle building workouts. If you are worried about maintaining a good posture while doing squat exercises, use a Smith squat machine for some time. However, you should not make the machine a habit; perform the squats on your own when you feel you have attained the right posture, because working with free weights provides an overall definition to the muscle.
Leg exercises are strenuous and drain the body of all energy due to their size and energy consumption. It is vital to provide adequate hydration to the body through water or energy drinks, lest you get the dizzies. Leg muscles tend to show signals of fatigue after a certain time delay which leads to misjudgments among exercisers. Overtraining is a common fault with most people performing leg exercises and try not to commit this mistake yourself and keep a slow and steady progress towards a healthier proportionate body.
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