• Published: 31 January 2018
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    Leg day is one of the most hated workout days in the gym. People go so far as to skip it all together because they dread enduring another set of squats, lunges, leg presses or step ups. Don’t let this be you ever again. After watching this video, you are going to know the real reason why you hate leg day and, most importantly, what you need to do to start loving it from now on.

    Leg training is very polarizing. Ask someone whether they enjoy training their legs and you are going to get a strong response one way or the other. Some will actually look forward to it while the majority will despise it. There is actually a very good reason for why you might be one of those that does not like training their legs. Because doing so is really hard! There are over 50 muscles in the lower body that get trained when you do your leg workouts. The same cannot be said for training biceps. The more muscles that are working the harder the demand placed on you.

    That said, that isn’t the only reason why you hate leg day. More importantly, if you do not look forward to training your legs then you likely were forced by external forces to start training your legs in a way that exceeded your abilities at an early point in your training. This is a big mistake, but it can be corrected. If you are willing to break it all down and start back at square one, you can rebuild your leg training and build huge legs in the process.

    This is going to require that you get honest with yourself however. You need to be willing to admit that your squat (while heavy) may not truly be commanded at all points in the range of motion of the exercise. If you are feeling every rep in your joints more than your muscles then you definitely need to re-evaluate your performance of the lift and be willing to make some changes.

    Either way, when we skip the necessary process of building up to a big squat, we get frustrated and wind up hating leg training. This happens for one of two reasons. The first is, you perform your reps badly and allow the muscles that should be doing the work to escape unworked. This will only limit the gains you see in your legs which will frustrate you and make you start wanting to blame your genetics for your poor progress.

    It is not your genetics. It is you. You need to be honest with your shortcomings and realize that lifting with a lighter weight may have allowed you to put more of the work in your legs where it should be and you would get better results in the process. The second thing that happens is that you compensate your way through every rep of your leg training and wind up beating up your knees, ankles and hips in the process. This makes leg training physically unbearable and something that you want to avoid at all costs moving forward.

    Neither of these situations are conducive to you getting bigger legs. So, look at yourself in the mirror and be honest with your current approach to leg training. If you find that either of the above scenarios sounds like something that you are doing too much of right now, do me a favor and back off. Start with much lighter weights than you can supposedly handle and work on perfecting your squat form. From here, gradually add back in the weight and you will be shocked at not just how good your legs feel but how great they start looking in the process.

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    • Davida Majako
      Davida Majako  2 weeks back

      My first legday was the most painful experience in my legs. Lasted 7 days.

      After that the legdays 2 times a week are fun to do but i also have my younger brother. We motivatie eachother.

    • Dead Pool
      Dead Pool  2 weeks back

      ATHLEAN-X™ hey Jeff can you make a video on muscle soreness whilst having a physical 9-5 job and growth!?? Thanks

    • Rogelio Sarceno
      Rogelio Sarceno  6 months back

      Speaking facts! Thank you so much!

  • a hack's progress
    a hack's progress  9 minutes back

    Tom Platz is a legend who can teach you the importance of a Leg Day.

    • Tuğbay Deniz
      Tuğbay Deniz  3 days back

      Leg day sucks cause girls don’t say woaaaaaoooow look at those legs!!!

      • Curry Muncher
        Curry Muncher  3 days back

        Stop sitting in the curl station I want to do curls

        • Gallifreyan Browncoat
          Gallifreyan Browncoat  3 days back

          Squats are probably my favorite. Something really satisfying about reaching new highs. Only time I do leg presses is if the racks are all being used and I don't want to wait for them to finish. Second favorite is probably deadlifts or back exercises in general. Chest is probably my least favorite, but it's not much less than back.

          • Teq Skull
            Teq Skull  3 days back

            He really just came at the leg press like that (my favorite exercise) so now I’m depressed lmfao

            • Philipp s
              Philipp s  4 days back

              I love training legs...i hate not being able to walk or sit down properly the next 2-3 days...some people rely on that for work! :(

              • Salman Merchant
                Salman Merchant  6 days back

                I have an L5 S1 spondy I've struggled with, so I avoid weighted squats to not have a compressive effect on my spine. Is there a good way to strengthen my legs without loading up on my spine?

                • Bentrad Houssam
                  Bentrad Houssam  7 days back

                  Thanks coach for your advice can you help me with a program leg please

                  • ShohikenMV
                    ShohikenMV  1 weeks back

                    Usually it would be easier to split up the volume of squats to at least three times per week.
                    For more frequency in general.

                    • Daniel Catoe
                      Daniel Catoe  1 weeks back

                      I work out six days a week I am an above the knee amputee and I love leg day figure that out

                      • Randall Gmail
                        Randall Gmail  1 weeks back

                        Goblet squat half your body weight??

                        • Daniel Jones
                          Daniel Jones  2 weeks back

                          Its hard

                          • Nico Gianan
                            Nico Gianan  2 weeks back

                            Everyday is upper body day.

                            • Yajeer Salposial
                              Yajeer Salposial  2 weeks back

                              Thanks for this!

                              • Jonathan Williams
                                Jonathan Williams  2 weeks back

                                Men..this is the first time I watch your videos, been lifting weights for 20 years now...never seen an explanation more honest than this one..thums up

                                • Marko Podgajski
                                  Marko Podgajski  2 weeks back

                                  I hate leg day because you can't walk normal for almost a week. And having a job where i'm standing and walking 90% of the time doesn't help either.

                                  • Gilbert Dennis
                                    Gilbert Dennis  2 weeks back

                                    It’s funny, but I’m doing exactly what you’re talking about, I’ve never had a good squat never got passed 135lb, so I decided to start all over again and put some of my new found information to work, wish me luck so I can finally get a good squatting routine going. With respectable weight. Thanx

                                    • Ivan Talafuk
                                      Ivan Talafuk  2 weeks back

                                      I never understood why people are not doing leg exercises. I love doing squats, leg extensions and curls. I even remember when I was a beginner, and the gym owner I went to told me I don't need to do leg exercises because I was doing step walker machine and treadmill. I immediatelly noticed that makes no sense so I began studying leg exercises on my own.

                                      • MrTrenttness
                                        MrTrenttness  2 weeks back

                                        5×5 3 times a week is amazing for driving up weight. I'm a small guy at 5'4" and went from 168lb to 270lb in just few months.
                                        It's simple and it makes small gains every week. And I wasn't crazy sore every day.
                                        I got hurt about 6 months ago and I'm starting over with squats and I'm actually loving it.

                                        • ADEE SZ
                                          ADEE SZ  2 weeks back

                                          The problem I have Is that i can only go to a commercial gym. They only have ONE squat rack and people use it for everything but a squat rack. You see people doing bicep curls, shoulder presses, DEADLIFTS right in the way of it and using the barbell that is for the squat rack.. so it’s very rare that when it’s leg day I get a chance at it.. it’s pretty annoying. Then I’m forced to use the hack squat machine because I don’t feel like waiting 20m waiting for someone to finish. I’ve been trying to find times where it’s less empty but it’s really just a coin toss when I go. I’ve even ended up signing up to a different gym like an extra 20 minutes away, BUT guess what?? it’s the SAME shiet!!!

                                          • Izzo XG
                                            Izzo XG  2 weeks back

                                            Never skip leg day

                                            • Patrick Bateman
                                              Patrick Bateman  3 weeks back

                                              *ouch* I was literally on the way to the leg press ....I feel like a loser now, thanks I'll show myself out.

                                              • Ian Titty
                                                Ian Titty  3 weeks back

                                                ya know, an uneducated person might think that jeff clickbaits his video titles and thumbnails and tbh sometimes it honestly looks like that but, is there a single video where jeff didn't deliver exactly what was in the title or thumbnail?

                                                • Azry Azwan
                                                  Azry Azwan  3 weeks back

                                                  I swear i just got back from gym doing leg day and this video pops into my recommendation. Wtf!

                                                  • comedy productions
                                                    comedy productions  3 weeks back

                                                    I love leg day

                                                    • Unknown YouTube User
                                                      Unknown YouTube User  3 weeks back

                                                      So if I can goblet squat 70 lbs for 20 Reps than I shouldn’t be barbell squatting...

                                                      😢 damn I’m fucked

                                                      • cracked man
                                                        cracked man  3 weeks back

                                                        Bruh as a Mexican I love leg day

                                                        • Andrej Čagalj
                                                          Andrej Čagalj  3 weeks back

                                                          I love leg day but hate day after:P

                                                          • Peter Johnson
                                                            Peter Johnson  3 weeks back

                                                            Great video.

                                                            • Lucy Prairie
                                                              Lucy Prairie  3 weeks back

                                                              You have a fashionable skeleton with a cool hat

                                                              • Thomas Chung
                                                                Thomas Chung  3 weeks back


                                                                • troww zers
                                                                  troww zers  3 weeks back

                                                                  I used to play football and I hated leg day. I could barely do 225. I started doing 100 BW squats twice a week then started using the bar. Now I can do 2 reps below parallel squats at 380 or 1 at 395

                                                                  I like leg day better than arm day now

                                                                  • Gunassilan Rave
                                                                    Gunassilan Rave  3 weeks back

                                                                    Hey Jeff, can you do a video about how to get over Nausea ? I usually go through this when I’m training my legs. Would really appreciate if there was a way to overcome this so that I can actually not worry to train my legs.

                                                                    • Logan Smith
                                                                      Logan Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                      I love leg day! It’s my favourite day in the gym. I’m weird, I don’t like hitting arms. My arms are naturally big and toned from my job.

                                                                      • Jarrod Holley
                                                                        Jarrod Holley  4 weeks back

                                                                        Because I'm in a wheelchair fuck leg day

                                                                        • Matt N
                                                                          Matt N  4 weeks back

                                                                          The title should have been: why do *men* hate leg day.
                                                                          Any woman I know does like 5 leg days a week, squats for days.

                                                                          • Shaw Brick Productions
                                                                            Shaw Brick Productions  4 weeks back

                                                                            I personally love the seated squat press. It’s like a leg press but different. It actually works the quads, glutes, and the hamstrings

                                                                            • Chris Charles Paranormal Adventures

                                                                              I love leg day. But still had to watch this video

                                                                              • Viktor Gilberti
                                                                                Viktor Gilberti  4 weeks back

                                                                                I love leg day... I doing leg n shoulders work out... It's really hard but bring me a lot satisfactions 👍🏻💪🏻💣👋🏻from 🇮🇹

                                                                                • Nathan Oaksford
                                                                                  Nathan Oaksford  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Awesome video. I do physical therapy at a nursing home and I’ve been utilizing your training with them (inns functional safe way) but this video was aimed right at me and my sore knees. Any tips for legs with plica syndrome?

                                                                                  • Gil
                                                                                    Gil  4 weeks back

                                                                                    I love your videos they taught me a lot of things... I've returned to the gym recently and I know my legs are not strong enough yet so I've started with leg ext. Leg curls, Leg press, lunges with pulse and calf raises. No squats as of yet until I develop in strength. Is this a bad approach?

                                                                                    • Charles Silva
                                                                                      Charles Silva  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Perfect, this strategy works not only for leg day, but for every muscle and every day.

                                                                                      • Thom Markesson
                                                                                        Thom Markesson  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals....we NEVER outgrow them. Thanks Jeff.

                                                                                        • Brent Hadley
                                                                                          Brent Hadley  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Legs are my favorite to work !! I hate bis/ curls. I usually run 5 mls before leg work, then 15 mins on stair climber then run 5 more mls!! I’m 46 a Recon Marine , this isn’t even close to my old routine.

                                                                                          • Viktor Gilberti
                                                                                            Viktor Gilberti  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Legs are very important muscolare groups... Run. Squats and dead lift.. Bring your body strong and amazing... Good brother 💪🏻👋🏻from 🇮🇹

                                                                                        • Yebdah
                                                                                          Yebdah  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Nothing but facts brother

                                                                                          • Jeremiah James
                                                                                            Jeremiah James  4 weeks back

                                                                                            So true

                                                                                            • Daniel Walters
                                                                                              Daniel Walters  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Ever since I've started doing calisthenics, I look forward to leg day.