Wednesday, 15 October 2014

5 Reasons not to miss Leg Day!

1) Balance of Physique

Whether you are training for performance or aesthetics, it is important to have balance in your physique. There is nothing more ridiculous looking than a guy with a huge upper body with a pair of chicken legs. A good set of legs is the foundation of a great physique!

2) A Healthy Spine

If you imagine a tree, it is only as strong as the roots and base that are holding it up. The same applies to the human body. One example of this is weak glutes. They put more work on the lower back and hamstrings which leads to tight hip flexors that pull on the lumbar spine. This creates an anterior pelvic tilt causing the abdomen to protrude thus adding further pressure on the back!

3) Increased Fat Loss

The exercises that are most beneficial for fat loss are Squats, Deadlifts, Step-ups, and other variations. The large muscles in the lower body burn more calories, create more lactic acid, and ultimately lead to a greater fat loss effect.  If you want to reveal that six pack make sure you are using the big muscles; your quads, hamstrings and glutes!

4) Bigger, faster and stronger

Squats are one of the most anabolic exercises, lower body exercises in general create more of the anabolic hormones required for building muscles and increasing strength. Women should not be afraid of performing these exercises either. You wont get a masculine physique from these exercises, you will get a great set of legs perfect for that bikini every women wants to wear on the beach!

5) Quality of Life

Quality of life is probably the most important reason to exercise. Mobility impacts quality of life greatly as you get older. Correct lower body training helps maintain flexibility, strength, and mobility. Being able to do the things you love doing later in life is made much more easier when you have taken care of your legs with proper and correct training!

Hope you have found this blog interesting! Remember a Personal Trainer is a great way to help to achieve your goals and get you into shape while making sure you perform the exercises using the correct techniques!

Rich Palmer PT
making your fitness goals a reality”

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