It’s not uncommon for men to train their upper body intensely without paying much attention to the lower body. This is a pity because the legs are the foundation of the human body, and a pair of strong legs will improve your balance as well as your overall strength and well-being. Let’s take a look at some of the best leg training methods:
The squat can be done normally by holding a weighted barbell on your shoulder like powerlifters do, by holding some weight in your hands, with a heavy backpack or even without weights. You can start by doing the latter but if you want to develop great leg strength then eventually you have to start doing it while holding some heavy weights.
Leg extension exercise
This exercise focuses mainly on the quadriceps, the muscle which helps you move forward. Unfortunately this exercise puts a strong and unnatural strain on your knees so be careful when doing it. Make sure that you stretch your legs well beforehand and don’t lift too much weight until you get used to it.
As you advance you should start increasing weight gradually and rest assured that the targeted leg muscles will be strengthened significantly in a short amount of time with this exercise.
Going up and down the stairs and walking on rough terrain
Don’t underestimate this exercise. Walking or running in the streets will not increase your leg strength that much, but doing so on rough terrain will definitely increase your leg strength. You can also run up and down the stairs and as you get used to these exercises, you can start performing them while wearing a heavy backpack. Such exercises will strengthen additional muscles which the squat does not, or does not strengthen enough such as the calf, and other lower leg muscles.
This is one of the best and easiest leg strengthening exercises. The only problem is that it requires a machine which can be quite expensive to buy. But if you have one or have access to one, then you should be able to get stronger legs in quite quickly with the leg press exercise.
Don’t live a sedentary lifestyle
Seriously, this is probably the best advice of all. You should spend less time watching television and using the computer or game consoles, and go for a walk instead or engage in some physical activity more frequently. By doing so you will not only be improving your legs but your whole health.
Take a look at this post to test your leg strength.