Leg Exercises: The Top 10

When it comes to leg exercises or leg day, you will often hear a grown man cry. A great upper body is worthless without a massive pair of legs holding it up. You could have enormous arms, a barrel sized chest, and a diesel back but if your legs look like they belong to a new born chicklet you’ve got some serious work to do. Not only do large, powerful legs increase manliness by upwards of 10,000% but, trained properly, they can drastically enhance sport performance.

To aid you in the process of building a pair of monstrous legs through grinding out some leg exercises, below I’ve outlined two of the most commonly made training mistakes when it comes to leg exercises:

  1. Not Using a Full Range of Motion: Skimping on range of motion (ROM) is a surefire way to sabotage your hard work. While partial ROM movements certainly have their own unique set of benefits, research and experience has continuously shown that full ranges of motion are best for increasing muscle size. Want bigger legs? Quit cheating yourself and start training through a complete ROM.

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Train For Endurance

If you want to increase your muscle quickly, you need to ramp up the weight you use in your resistance exercises. This is because you will only build muscle when you experience a level of resistance that is new to your muscles. Repeating the same amount of weight over and over, will give your muscles more endurance, but it won’t build new mass.

Even if you are using your fitness program to build muscle, you can benefit from cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercise will help build the endurance of your muscles, as well as, increase your lung capacity so you can work out longer without becoming fatigued. In addition, it increases blood flow to your muscles so you can gain more muscle mass from other exercises.

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300 – A Haunting Reality and Harbinger of Change

I have a very odd relationship with my bathroom scale. It’s like one of those on again/off again love/hate relationships you see in most bad daytime TV dramas. If the numbers on it are moving down it’s my best friend. I visit it constantly, happily stepping on it multiple times a day and jotting down the falling numbers. If the number is moving up however it’s a totally different scenario. I don’t return any of it’s calls and only step on it when I’ve had too many drinks and it’s 3 in the morning and I shouldn’t be stepping on it ether way. No matter what the number is though I can normally step off the scale, rationalize the result somehow, and continue my dysfunctional relationship. Every once in a while though, I hop on there and get a number that results in a knock-down, drag-out, change my relationship status on Facebook to single, and lock myself in a room kind of funk. I think there is a number for all of us, that number that makes us look at ourselves grimly in the mirror and utter terrible words like, “fat-ass”, “gross”, or “disgusting” in our subconscious mind. For me that magical and evil number that makes me want to scream and yell at the universe for hours on end is 300 pounds.

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Aerobic Exercise

Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the gym.  If you don’t know how to use a machine, go ahead and ask.  Understanding how to utilize both the aerobic and strength building machines will give you the confidence to actually use them.  The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to keep up your workouts.

If you are looking to increase your stamina in your workouts, make sure to include aerobic exercises. In addition to burning calories, aerobic exercises such as jogging, dancing and biking help improve your lung and heart function, making your whole cardiovascular system more effective at bringing oxygen to your muscles.

To become more fit, you need only put one foot in front of the other.  Walking is an excellent way to improve your aerobic fitness level.  You will get your heart pumping, and muscles working.  You can start small, walking a little bit more every day.  Your body will adapt, and soon you will be able to walk miles and miles.

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Start Working Out Today

A great tip to stay fit is to follow a proven workout program.  There are plenty of quality workout programs online and you can also find them in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness and Men’s Fitness.  Don’t just blindly follow a workout program.  You want to know that a workout program is effective.

Fitness is a goal many people try to achieve by lifting weights at the gym. In reality, all you need to maintain all the muscles of the body are six simple exercises: the push up, the pull up, leg raises, squats, handstand push ups, and bridges. These 6 simple bodyweight exercises will keep you in perfect condition for life and don’t require any expensive exercise equipment or personal trainers.

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Teach your body to burn calories faster

Many people have tried all sorts of diets, diet pills and fasts to lose weight. Unfortunately, too many of us get caught up in all the hype on the latest and newest product that we forget the simple basics.

Managing your weight is actually much simpler than you think. It’s all about understanding your body’s metabolism and balancing your energy (calorie) intake and energy expenditure.

Metabolism is simply how fast your body burns calories. When your metabolism is high, then you will find it much easier to shed extra weight. Therefore, one way to speed up weight loss is by boosting your metabolism. This does not mean starting a very intense exercise regime or going on a diet.

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How to Get Strong – The Science of Strength

Intro to Muscular Strength

How strong you are (and how strong you could be) depends on the performance of your body’sskeletal muscles.

Your body’s muscles are highly adaptable. They will react to the stresses that you place upon them.

  • Sit on the couch and they will atrophy.
  • Try and run fast and they adapt to produce faster contractions.
  • Lift heavy objects and they will increase their ability to produce maximum strength.

Muscular Strength can and has been categorized in a variety of different ways. In this article, I am choosing to divide Muscular Strength into four categories, based primarily on Newton’s Second Law.

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