On Leg Day
My gym is a school gym in the Medical District. Also, it’s smaller with a much more dedicated user-base. I clock in at about 5’11, 165-170 pounds, working on a bulking 4-day split. I work mostly in push and pull for the moment: Chest/Back, Legs, Arms, and Shoulders. My working Bench is about 205, Squat is 315, Military Press is 105, and I do sets between 25 and 30 Pullups. I’m still about a middle of the road guy size-wise at my gym.
But the one thing that I do consistently that I notice a lot of guys missing at my gym is leg day. We’ve all made excuses, we all hate leg day, we all have our weaknesses. I’m convinced that my years of aggressive speed running, multiple injuries, and tiny feet (size 7.5 foot) are the reasons why I have such difficulty getting to a 90-degree squat.
Form problems aside, I go hard. I consistently push about 200% of my bodyweight near the end of my sets for squats, and I pull 150% without straps for deadlifts. I limp out of the gym every Tuesday and go back the next week harder than ever. I hate leg day. I hate the day after even more. But I look proportional, and I get stronger and steadier every week. No one wants to look like you got chicken legs.
"But I run!" says some asswipe who hates the leg press. Running only activates your hamstrings and depending on your form, you may be able to give your calves some burn. That’s only half of your leg muscle groups, not to mention that your quads and glutes are much larger than your hams and calves. Don’t wanna do traditional lifts for your legs? Get an hour of pylometric activity in. That’s right. Go jump for an hour. Watch yourself weep in front of the mirror after 30 jump squats and 40 weighted Mary Katherine lunges. Then decide what you’d rather do. But whatever you do. Do legs.