• 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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    ATHLEAN-X™   7 months back

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    • Davida Majako
      Davida Majako  3 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  3 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!

  • Daniel Harvey
    Daniel Harvey  1 days back

    I fucking love leg day. Especially after the m/w upper body workouts. I get a fucking break.

    • Chase Roskos
      Chase Roskos  1 days back

      Hey Jeff, I’ve got a question. You mentioned I shouldn’t even be under a bar until I can goblet squat 50 percent body weight for 20 reps. Is that for real? I’m 6’2” and 212 lbs. I’ve started squatting up to about 175 lbs focusing mostly on reps (getting mileage for technique before going heavy). I’m not sure that I could goblet squat 110 for 20. Should I really be backing down and focusing on goblet squats? Thanks

      • Shane o sullivan
        Shane o sullivan  1 days back

        I enjoy leg day

        • Captain Cookie
          Captain Cookie  2 days back

          I love leg day cuz of football

          • Gregori Athanasiou
            Gregori Athanasiou  3 days back

            I like training my chest. But I think it is uneven because of genetic and a lot uneven or just uneven because I don't do lower chest

            • Zak the Rapper
              Zak the Rapper  3 days back

              I swear YouTube can hear my thoughts!!

              • Dylan Maurits
                Dylan Maurits  3 days back

                I squat 25 lbs. I sure hope my body is ready to squat 25 lbs.

                • John Chapman
                  John Chapman  23 hours back

                  Just build it up slowly. Form and posture is always more important than the weight you're lifting.

              • rey 123
                rey 123  3 days back

                This Mf said dont go on a bar until you can at least goblet squat half ur BW FOR 20 reps... bro im gonna have to try it

                • BaloghBear
                  BaloghBear  4 days back

                  Thanks Jeff! I needed this so much.

                • Abdo Mahdy
                  Abdo Mahdy  5 days back

                  i hate arm day

                  • a hack's progress
                    a hack's progress  5 days back

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

                  • Tuğbay Deniz
                    Tuğbay Deniz  1 weeks back

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

                    • Curry Muncher
                      Curry Muncher  1 weeks back

                      Stop sitting in the curl station I want to do curls

                      • Gallifreyan Browncoat
                        Gallifreyan Browncoat  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                          • Philipp s
                            Philipp s  1 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

                                • ShohikenMV
                                  ShohikenMV  2 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  2 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  2 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  3 weeks back

                                            Thanks for this!

                                            • Jonathan Williams
                                              Jonathan Williams  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  4 weeks back

                                                                      Bruh as a Mexican I love leg day

                                                                      • Andrej Čagalj
                                                                        Andrej Čagalj  4 weeks back

                                                                        I love leg day but hate day after:P

                                                                        • Peter Johnson
                                                                          Peter Johnson  4 weeks back

                                                                          Great video.

                                                                          • Lucy Prairie
                                                                            Lucy Prairie  4 weeks back

                                                                            You have a fashionable skeleton with a cool hat

                                                                            • Thomas Chung
                                                                              Thomas Chung  4 weeks back


                                                                              • troww zers
                                                                                troww zers  4 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  4 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  4 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