If you live in the US, you’ve probably seen plenty of dudes with jacked torsos and arms but then skinny little peg legs. It’s a strange phenomenon that really took hold in the last 25 years in this country. It’s especially strange because arguably the lower body is so much more important in terms of function and overall strength than the arms and torso.
The origin of this phenomenon is somewhat difficult to track down. Some believe it comes from mass media pop-culture beginning in the 80s with the advent of the muscle bound action star. Others believe that with the popularity of weight lifting and “gym culture” in the US, which really took hold in the 80s, people simply focuses on the parts of the body they could see in the mirror, which unfortunately left out the entire lower half of the body!
Whatever the origin of this unfortunate trend, it has got to stop. Focusing on the building muscle in the legs will strengthen the back and upper body, including the core. In other words, if you focus on strength training the lower body, you’re upper body will naturally build muscle as well.
From a strictly functional standpoint, the lower body is the source of so much power when it comes to lifting heavy weights, that it simply cannot be ignored. Powerfully built quads will allow you to lift extremely heavy weight without risking major injury to the back. If you’ve ever thrown out your back, you know how important your back is to maintain a decent quality of life.
One thing people need to realize, however, is that the proper form and technique is crucial to avoid injuries to the knees when strength training the lower body. Indeed, strengthening the quads will stabilize the knees and help prevent injury in the future.
Another interesting point on this subject is that it appears the culture as a whole is growing weary of the top-heavy look. IN other words, people have been taking notice of how silly it looks. This is something that should not be ignored, especially, if you’re a dude looking to get fit so you can impress the ladies with all your new fancy muscles. Women these days are less impressed with big arms than they are with well-defined quads.
Here’s the truth, there’s another reason why people skip leg day. Legs are very hard to work out. But you should consider this to be a sign that you should be spending more time working out your legs than your upper body. After all, working out is not supposed to be easy!
The deadlift is a massively difficult exercise, but it is basically the exercise that will turn you into an absolute beast and you will not look like a silly person who could topple over from a stiff breeze because you have little tiny legs and a massive upper body. The dead lift is a full body muscle builder that derives the power and explosive lift from the legs. This will help you build the quads and also strengthen the back, shoulder and arms at the same time. Really, you can’t beat this exercise and it’s sure to prevent people from laughing at you because you neglected working out your lower body.
Another awesome way to make sure you’re getting those legs in tip top shape is to run bare foot. This will build up your calf muscles significantly. We are not evolved to run with sneakers. Rather, we were meant to run bare foot. And when you do that all the muscles in your legs and feet are working overtime, which means you’ll see results quickly.
Another tip on how to build your legs so that you don’t look like a cartoon character is simply to get a bike and use it on a regular basis. This is a great way to build muscle and tone your legs without having to spend time in the gym. Just look at the legs of professional cyclists—those guys are jacked from the waist down.
So, the next time you’re planning your workout to get into shape to impress the ladies, make sure you’ve got your priorities right and do some squats, deadlifts, or get a bike!