After about 7 years of weightlifting…and spending at least 80% of that time on my upper body…here’s what I had to show for it:
To be fair, I didn’t look awful but I wasn’t exactly turning heads, either.
And although you can’t see my quads in this shot, my calves (yes, they’re there — look closely) tell you everything you need to know about the state of my wheels.
Let’s just say that when legs day rolled around, I usually had my training partner like this:
Well, I’ve since spent many hours in the squat rack to atone for my sins.
(Not that squats are all you need for great legs, though. More on this soon.)
My legs are still a work in progress (and my calves in particular–blow me, genetics), but I like to think they’re no longer a laughingstock:
Now, when you look at the musculature of the legs, it’s obvious why so many people focus on the quads and neglect the hamstrings:
They contribute a lot more to the overall look of your legs and, being the larger muscle group, respond faster and more noticeably to training.
Well, while the quads are bigger, stronger, and more visible than their smaller, backside brethren, ignoring the latter is a mistake.
That said, in this article, we’re going to talk all about building those big, strong quads.
I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned, including…
- The most effective way to program your leg training.
- The best quads exercises and how to do them.
- An effective quadriceps workout that you can put to use right away.
- And more…