Leg training might be the most overlooked aspect of a successful training regimen. Many people get preoccupied with more visible muscle groups like forearms or biceps/triceps or even traps. All of those are visible when wearing almost any shirt. Legs are usually hidden under long pants so people tend to worry less about their development.
The truth is the legs contain the largest muscles in the body, and perhaps more importantly, they provide the biggest anabolic stimulus to the entire body. Contrary to popular belief, muscle growth is systemic and not local to individual muscles. Your entire body has to be in an anabolic state in order for a biceps or abdominal muscle to grow. This means it is literally true that productive leg training helps arm training or chest training. What a bargain that is!
Leg Training and a Million Pound Workout
Many years ago I did a one million pound workout. It took me just over two hours to lift that much using five different exercises. (This was an experiment, I’m not recommending it.) One of the challenges of the workout was trying to get a decent balance of leg and non-leg exercises. The truth is a one million pound workout using only legs is a lot easier than a workout that includes other muscle groups. But what I learned from the experiment is just how astoundingly strong leg muscles are. It was relatively easy to bang out a half-million pounds of lifting with just quads and calves. That’s about the same weight as a behemoth Boeing 747 – lifted by the comparatively tiny muscles of the human leg!
Anyway, the takeaway info from this is that you can use your leg training to quickly and efficiently generate very high intensity overload – and you can also deliver extra volume if you need to – in order to guarantee that your whole body is in an anabolic state and therefore assisting the development of your smaller muscles. (Assuming you are also stimulating new growth in those muscles.)
Static Contraction and Power Factor trainees already know what the best leg exercise is. It’s the leg press. No other exercise (yes, including squats) can come close to the output of leg muscles doing a leg press. If you are doing rational, productive leg training you are more than halfway to getting the full body results you desire. Pay attention to your leg training numbers and the rest will fall into place.