Let’s face it: Butts are in! Having a round derriere is something a lot of us are striving for. And when we can pair a firm butt with even better legs, our body will not only look amazing but will be able to perform in an incredible way.
The challenge lies in how to build better legs. It’s easy to neglect, and it can be difficult to see a significant transformation.
Fortunately, there are a few tweaks you can make in the gym to help you build better legs. With a bit of hard work, smart training and healthy eating, you’ll earn yourself some enviable stems! Are you ready? Let’s go!
3 Ways to Build Better Legs
- Don’t neglect a warm-up: I’m guilty of jumping into a workout without taking the time to prepare my body for work. This can lead to serious injuries, muscle imbalances and subpar results. Spend time warming up your hips, thighs and hamstrings through some dynamic movements from all angles to help increase blood flow and reduce the risk of injury. A foam roller and lacrosse ball are great tools to help increase mobility and prepare your body for movement as well.
- Start with compound moves: I’m all for warming up small joints and muscle groups first, but if you want to create better legs, it’s crucial to lift weights with serious effort. When you isolate and perform smaller movements first, you can pre-exhaust your muscles and energy stores, which will prevent you from lifting weight at an intensity that creates change. Start first with compound moves such as squats, lunges and deadlifts after a good warm-up.
- Hit all angles: Far too many of us rely on classic leg moves like squats to build better legs. And we stick to the same routine. But if you want serious change, it’s time to start challenging your muscles from multiple angles. For example, try switching up your stance on leg presses, opt for front squats or sumo squats instead of a traditional squat, or mix in various angles to your lunges. You can change the tempo in which you lift as well and try different approaches such as supersets and pyramid training. Your legs will respond quicker when you get them out of “automatic” mode and attack them from every angle with a well-rounded approach.