Tag Archives: leg training

Will Heavy Leg Presses Give You Big Legs?

It was a leg day. I went to the gym, said a dead “hello” to the manager and paid for one workout only. He looked at me with his hanging dog face and said: “You come here frequently. A membership would be a cheaper solution.” I said nothing and looked at the refrigerator full of […]

GETTING PSYCHED BEFORE HEAVY SQUATS

I woke up with the type of heavy pressure only a brainwashed addict can feel on a squat day. I took one of my squat T-shirts, lifting chalk to prevent the bar from sliding, some shorts, my good old mp3 player, a digital camera and left the apartment. I needed the last one to record […]

In Defense Of The Leg Press: Reasons NOT To Squat

When I started visiting an actual gym, I was already under heavy influence coming from the functional online lifting community. Most of the information available to me was always promoting free weights as the best thing ever, and exercises done on machines were considered a complete joke and heresy. I didn’t know any better and […]

Why Upper Body Workouts Are More Popular Than Leg Training

It takes about one or two gym visits to meet a captain upper body. This is the type of person that devotes all effort and time to chest, back and arm training. Consequently, those biceps warriors usually have very large arms, chest and sometimes backs too. One of the most common excuses used by the […]

Why don’t Olympic weightlifters do low bar squats?

The low bar squat has become very popular over the last 10 years. In commercial gyms one can often see beginners occupy the squat rack for 45 minutes in order to do some weird looking bending with their back almost horizontal to the ground. I am quite familiar with similar training, and once upon a time I […]

Is The Back Squat Enough To Develop Big Hamstrings?

The quadriceps and the glutes do most of the work during back squats, but if you squat below parallel, your hamstrings also have their fair share of fun. Are back squats enough to develop big hamstrings? Not really. If your goal is to build the best hamstrings you can have, exercises like deadlifts, good mornings […]