It's a little bizarre how there are so many lifters who avoid training their lower body to create massive muscle growth.
Everyone is so hell-bent on having a wide, thick upper body that they either neglect or flat-out ignore the other half of their muscles down below. They come up with lame reasons to skirt hard and heavy leg training; you'll hear a lot of things like "I just run to develop my legs" or "squats are hard on my knees".
I can't even begin to tell you how costly this mistake is...
Not only does it appear ridiculous to have a ripped and muscular upper body and legs that look like toothpicks... but what if I told you that a refusal to place equal muscle building focus on the lower body is a huge limitation on your chest, back, arms, and shoulders in terms of massive muscle growth?
Most lifters think if they "train muscle X using exercise Y, then muscle X will become bigger and stronger" and that is not always true. When you have a limited view of massive muscle growth, you run a major risk of reduced results in the gym.
Here's the truth…
The muscle building mechanism within the body is extremely complex; it's more than just a localized event that happens at the level of the muscle tissue itself! A lot of massive muscle growth happens when the entire body as a whole is placed under stress and adapts to it.
This is because greater levels of growth hormone and testosterone are released. When bodybuilders inject themselves with anabolic steroids, they are only increasing the circulation of these important chemicals in order to attain massive muscle growth.
Since you're a natural trainee and jamming a steroid-filled needle into your ass doesn't fit your style, it's time to seek out different ways to increase the production of these muscle-building compounds to achieve massive muscle growth.
And what is one of the most effective ways to do this?
You already know it…
Intense leg training!
Leg presses, squats, stiff-legged deadlifts, lunges…
When you perform these exercises at a high level of intensity, notice how incredibly challenging and gut wrenching they can be.
Perfect for massive muscle growth!
After finishing an all out set of these lifts you may find yourself wishing that you hadn't come to the gym in the first place. It's because they involve the largest muscle groups on your body and allow you to handle really heavy weights.
The reality, however, is that while these leg exercises require a lot of mental toughness and willpower to stick to, their intense difficulty is one of the key ways to really force your body to rev up its anabolic hormone production. Greater anabolic hormone levels mean greater muscle size and strength, not only for your lower body, but for your entire upper body as well.
So basically, if leg training is not a regular part of your workout schedule or treated as an after-thought, you are missing out on the massive muscle growth that you could otherwise be achieving.
Really, take me up on this offer…
To your weekly workout schedule, add a day of intense leg training. Be sure to add basic compound lifts like stiff-legged deadlifts, squats, and leg presses and focus on adding more weight to the bar each week.
Try this routine for 4-8 weeks and let me know if you've begun to achieve massive muscle growth. If you are anything like most of the population, you'll report that your strength on every single upper body exercise shot through the roof... and you will notice your arms, back, chest, and shoulders got thicker, too.
If you truly don't care about massive muscle growth or the size of your legs, I can't force you to. However, if not for the sake of your lower body, then at least include hard and intense leg training for the sake of those upper body muscles that you care so much about.
It may not seem logical at the first glance...
But intense and consistent leg training really is one of the true "secrets" to massive muscle growth and a strong and ripped upper body!
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