Start With Legs and Then Move On.
Leg day. It’s a term that every weightlifting seems to fear. There’s no doubt that leg day is perhaps the toughest day to get through during your weekly split. Building the legs are fundamental having some great overall strength. Long gone are the days where you could skip out on leg training in favor of building up the upper body. You need your legs to be just as developed as your arms or you’ll risky looking like the Hulk with chicken legs. It’s really not a good look.
But despite that fact, you may still be apprehensive about leg day simply because it can take so much out of you. The old saying no pain no gain always rings true, but that doesn’t mean you have to enjoy it and no one is telling you to. It’s perhaps the reason why a great many athletes push off leg day to the middle of the week. This could be done for a number of reasons. They could simply just want the mental preparation before working up to the level of thrashing their legs or simply just stuck to a regimen they’ve been practicing for years. But perhaps leaving leg day to the middle or end of the week is the wrong approach.
Instead of putting things off, it may be a better alternative to start your week off with the hardest day of the week. Why would you do such a thing? Well, for one you take care of the most difficult part of your split first then the rest of the week will be a piece of cake. The mental fatigue of working up to leg day (at least for some) can end up affecting their energy during the earlier part of their split. Getting leg day out of the way while you’re full of energy and vigor in the beginning of the week will get you on a high for the rest of your split. Only rookies will use excuses to not push through the rest of the week even if your legs are feeling like mush. Try this killer leg day workout early in the week, then focus on your upper body later in your split.
|Squat||4 sets, 10-12 reps|
|Lying Leg Curl||4 sets, 10 reps|
|Standing Calf Raise||4 sets, 14 reps|
|Leg Press||3 sets, 8-10 reps|
|Seated Calf Raise||3 sets, 14 reps|
|Single-leg Extension||4 sets, 12 reps|