Why is leg training so important....

Why is leg training so important....

The idea of training Legs is hated by many, but is a necessary component for most athletes! A bit of a read, but here are 9 points as to why #legday is important 😉.

1️⃣ You’ll be a better athlete.
The power generated from your lower half is essential for nearly every sport. Think of footy players sprinting to the ball, basketball players jumping above the rim, or cricket players generating enough power to knock one out of the pitch. A well-developed lower body will allow you to use maximum explosive force with minimal effort.

2️⃣ You’ll reduce your risk of injury.
Leg strength could also be the difference between getting injured and staying in the game. Performing functional exercises, like lunges and squats, promotes stability in the knee, which is your best bet to prevent an ACL tear.
Challenging these larger muscles requires more energy, which means your body will be burning more calories.

3️⃣ You’ll burn more calories.
Whether or not weight loss is the goal, if you want to get the most bang for your buck at the gym, it all starts with the legs. Working bigger muscles in multi-joint exercises like squats, deadlifts or lunges will require more ‘work’ from the heart and brain and higher levels of metabolism compared to exercising smaller muscle groups, Challenging these larger muscles requires more energy, which means your body will be burning more calories. Fun fact: Your gluteus maximus (aka your 🍑) is the largest muscle in your body.

4️⃣ You’ll improve your balance.
Giant biceps are no match for a patch of sidewalk ice. But having a strong Legs just might help you avoid a wipeout. Exercises like side lunges and deadlifts will increase your stability, develop your proprioception and help keep you ready for anything. Whether you’re into extreme sports or a weekend warrior type, balance is essential for maintaining control of your body.

5️⃣ You’ll run faster and longer.
There’s more than one reason strength training can make you a better runner. Strength-based movements like squats and deadlifts will help develop your hips, which are typically a major source of injury for runners. Strength training may be able to help give endurance athletes a leg up on the competition. 

6️⃣ You’ll increase your metabolism.
Not only will leg day make you speedier on the track, but it can also speed up your metabolism. It’s no secret that lifting weights will help athletes build and maintain muscle mass. And when your body composition has more muscle, your whole engine runs faster, Strength training  can outperform running, cycling, rowing and other standard cardio exercises when it comes to keeping metabolism revved up.

7️⃣ Can relieve lower back pain.
If you sit for the majority of your day, odds are good that you experience some back pain from weak hamstrings and short and tight hip flexors. Some people blame tight hamstrings and attempt to stretch them. In actuality, they would be better off stretching the hip flexors and strengthening the hamstrings, glutes and abdominal muscles.

8️⃣ You’ll increase your range of motion.
If you think flexibility has nothing to do with weight training? You’re mistaken. Olympic weightlifters, elite CrossFit athletes and pro-level athletes from nearly all disciplines need mobile joints in order to maximize their power output. Even if you aren’t a top competitor, learning the correct movement patterns for exercises like the squat, deadlift and lunge will improve your range of motion. Once you’ve got the movements and proper mobility down, you’ll be able to safely tackle more weight and ultimately increase your gains.

9️⃣ You’ll have superhero efficiency for everyday tasks.
Picking up boxes, carrying groceries, or moving furniture will be easier when your lower body is used to squatting down and hinging at the hips. Even if your arms are strong, you’ll be more efficient when lifting heavy objects if you squat down and engage those glutes and hammies instead of straining your back.

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