It’s always a standing joke in the gym: Guys skipping leg day. For the most part, folk in the gym would prefer to get an extra chest, back or arm day in instead of braving the squat rack.
To an extent, I get it! Mainly because I include myself in the “I don’t particularly enjoy leg day” group. That said, I’d argue all day long that leg day is the most important day of the week. It’s the most difficult day of the week, for sure – I won’t beat around the bush and just admit it! It’s challenging physically and dare I say, you need to be mentally prepared.
Despite the immediate satisfaction after leaving the gym, your legs could be hurting and you could be limping around with DOMS for days. All that said, you should never skip leg day but alternatively, you should prioritise training your legs!
Crazy contradiction, right… Here’s why you should never skip leg day:
#1 – You’ll look ridiculous, Johnny Bravo!
If you don’t currently train legs, or you go through the motions with little or no effort, I don’t mean to start this article by openly insulting you! Nonetheless, skipping leg day does make you look bizarre and somewhat out of proportion! Imagine putting all that hard work in to get broad shoulders, well-defined arms, and a super toned torso just for a couple of “string like” objects to hang from your waist! Yeah, it isn’t a pretty site!
Also, gents – Johnny Bravo is proof that if you don’t train legs, you don’t get girls!
#2 – It’s harder to build muscle
Leg day is the best day!
Leg day is so much more important than just ‘training legs’. It releases the growth hormone and releases testosterone whilst performing exercises like squats and deadlifts, they’re the ultimate compound exercises and are ideal for leg growth but also engage other muscle groups – everything from your back to your core. Isolating a single body part won’t help you grow anything to the same speed that certain leg exercises do!
#3 – You’ll struggle to burn fat
In addition building muscle, you’re also going to find shredding difficult! Leg day burns off a ton of calories, which is part of the reason it’s so physically demanding and tiring. If you’re training your legs correctly, you might often leave the gym dripping in so much sweat, people start to ask you if you’ve been for a fully clothed swim! What you’ll find, is training legs correctly will burn off more calories than any standard cardio day will.
#4 – You’ll be soft!
Not only does leg day increase your leg gains (in case you didn’t work that one out on your own), but it also helps with your overall strength. It helps you become a better physical gym goer, better at participating in other sports such as rugby and football, and will help with you improving your overall lifts in the gym. Such as isolated exercises.How about stating the obvious?
It’s important to realise that training legs is more important than just a quad day or a few leg extensions. You need to prioritise training your whole legs, over several days if you prefer. This will help you to create bigger, stronger and better-defined legs which include your quads, calves, glutes, and hamstrings.
#5 – Your metabolism will be slower
Squats and deadlifts, just to keep mentioning them, are vital exercises aid and improve your metabolism, boost your testosterone and help your overall workout regime. Your metabolic rate is commonly determined by your genetics but can be easily adapted and improved. This means by performing bigger compound exercises, your body will better adapt to burning off calories, rather than storing the foods you consume as fat.
Leg day is key for building a stronger metabolism.