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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Leg workout

How do you guys feel about them especially squats?

I workout my legs but not as much as my upper body. I'm changing my entire workout routine to incorporate them in for one day of training twice a week (one hour each).

I used to mountain bike alot and did some leg extensions + calf raises and I would do a few squats. Which would pretty much be my leg workout.

Now im doing alot of squats and I feel like this exercise sucks the life right out of me. I feel like throwing up or falling asleep afterwards because I would get so tired.

I don't want to say how much I can squat, it's pathetic. With the leg extensions I can do an incredible amount of weight though.

I just need some extra mass which I can gain with squats. I just hate doing them.

I hate doing hamstring curls too...

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Leg exercises are just as important as any other. Not to mention, when you work your legs you're working all your skeletal muscles. Its very important, so don't miss those leg days!

I used to hate it! I did research on it and I never miss that leg day. One day a week for an hour is good enough.

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definately sucks the life right out of me. I used to do legs and shoulders on the same day. Could never finish my shoulder workout.

Don't quote me, but I heard quads are very important in producing testerone. which pretty much helps everything else out there. I enjoy working out my legs actually it's just very tiring. I was thinking of splitting the calves, hams, quads and doing one of each at the end of each workout (3x week) but haven't gotten around to trying it yet.
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Thanks Infamous1, Jotz I've heard the same thing said about deadlifts. I'll make leg workouts one of my priorities now

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I've noticed if you get your legs to grow, everything will. Squats are essential for putting mass on.

I can't say I "like" doing them, but I always do. I have strict parallel squat form. I wasted alot of years not going down far enough.. Never again.

I typically will work to 315 lbs paralleled for 5 or so. But it takes me a while to work up to that being consistent. But typically I'll do sets of 275lbs and 295lbs. Typically I'll do 4 working sets then off to the decline sled, where I get to 14 plates total there, again trying to keep good form.

I figure after those two the rest of the exercises are secondary. Though I always try and fit stiff legged deadlifts in for hammies.
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Ian I hate those hamstring curl machines, I'll substitute those with the stiff legged lifts your talking about.

When I do squats I do them like you very strict unlike some others I've seen in the gym.

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Definitely try the stiff legged deadlifts, I think they are the best for building up your hams... Keep your back as straight as possible.. Like putting a tray with a glass of water on your back while you are bent over and not making it fall off kinda straight. I see so many people round out their lower back when they bend over.

Then I just do 3 sets of those curls you are talking about and that's all I do with hams, at least directly.
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what about lunges, with a bar, or walking lunges with weights? that works out your entire leg also with more emphasis on your glutes

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I used to hate working my legs but I've gotten to where it's ok now. I absolutely hate squats, they hurt my knees pretty bad so I try other things, both machine and free weights, cardio daily, and an hour long spinning class on thursdays (if you want to shed some serious weight, try that!)...

...my legs are my weak spot so that's what I try and work harder...lunges with dumbbells work pretty good too, us women can have that whole inner thigh flab problem, ugh.

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I love working legs....Unfortunately i can't do heavy squats safely anymore....too much stress on my vertebrae. Leg workouts take the most out of me but give me the biggest return.

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Yelp Squats always makes me feel drained after doing them..

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Good Mornings, Squats, Glute ham raise, Reverse hyper

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Good Mornings, Squats, Glute ham raise, Reverse hyper

Do them pussy!
Do you feel drained after doing all that?

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If I bust my ass hard enough and do reps with anything over 350 yeah. stop whining about being tired. eat more food and hibernate like a bear.

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If I bust my ass hard enough and do reps with anything over 350 yeah. stop whining about being tired. eat more food and hibernate like a bear.
Wasn't whining about being tired! I look forward to my leg days. After I'm done with my sets I look forward to more.

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Well, they are the largest muscle mass in the body, so I would say don't skip leg day...
Be sure to warm up amd stretch and you might not be as winded...

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Hell no! Remember, I'm working out to gain weight. If I were to whine about it I wouldn't be pushin myself.

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Re: Leg workout

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Now im doing alot of squats and I feel like this exercise sucks the life right out of me. I feel like throwing up or falling asleep afterwards because I would get so tired.
I've thrown up after going real heavy on squats before and have gotten dizzy after deadlifts. I'm not sure if it's normal but definitely common.

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usually those are signs of dehydration. drink about a gallon before you get in there
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