Is running enough of a leg workout?

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    Feb 18, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    I'd just like to ask for some advice on leg workouts. I've read in certain sites and forums/fora that at some point, your upper body stops gaining muscle if you don't work out your lower body. I rarely ever do any lower body workouts, but I do run a lot. My legs are fairly muscular because of that and I have gotten compliments on them (no need to say where and how lol). I was wondering if you guys think it's absolutely necessary to include them in my routine? Some background about me:

    Right now, I'm 153 lbs 5'10. I used to be 147 with about the same amount of body fat, so I've gained about 6 lbs of muscle in 4 months. I'm quite happy with where I am actually, and my goal is to just hit 160 while maintaining my body fat percentage and just adding muscle. I know I'm not gaining as quickly as some would like for themselves, but the pace at which I am gaining is fine with me. No desire to get any bigger than 160 either. I guess the question is, considering my goals and my approach to weightlifting, do you think I'm about to plateau if I don't add in leg workouts and just keep running? I ENJOY running, but hate leg workouts, so that's why I skip it. I would do it though if it's absolutely necessary.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Feb 18, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    Depends on what type of running you're doing. If you're competitive, and your workouts are fairly intense, or if you're injury prone you probably NEED at least 1 day of leg strengthening probably. If you're the type who puts on their headset and goes out and cruises then that's cool. Keep in mind that either which way you do it, running does not work all of your leg muscles simultaneously. If the terrain you run on is relatively flat, your hamstrings, hip flexors and to a lesser extent calves will be the main muscles getting worked which leaves your quadriceps, and hip adductors out. Leg strengthening doesn't mean you have to go all out...you can do body weight exercises, drills, machines...low weight high rep, high weight low rep whatever.

    If you look at how many or your average joe weight lifters have neck, back or shoulder pain it's because their vanity muscles are often overworked. Same concept applies in running, overwork one area and neglect another pain is going to result.

    I can't speak about it from a body building standpoint, but I think either way work your legs. Cuz a mighty mouse upper body and donald duck legs don't go well together.
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    Feb 18, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    no. Work your legs
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    Feb 18, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    most serious endurance athletes complement their training with resistance training , although it's usually limited to their off season.
    if you're after size , then there's isn't even a doubt about it.
    if you were after only performance, depends ( some of those Kenyan running wonders never do weight lifting ) .


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    Feb 19, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    Most of my leg workouts come from running as well. I could skip out on my leg routine at the gym, but I don't. I think strength training for the legs is beneficial for the joints/ligaments. This in turn, helps reduce the possibility of injury from running.

    But really, it's up to you. If you feel that running is sufficient for maintaining the muscle mass in your legs, then stay on that routine.
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    Feb 19, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    I really don't know any better, so I definitely appreciate all your advice. I think it makes more sense to add it into my workout. Thanks especially for the insight into reducing injury. I do remember reading once that running strains the joints and I also play tennis at a moderately high level, so I think it'll help to take extra precaution. I have no idea why that never occurred to me sooner. Thanks again!
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    Feb 20, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    I don't know if you need to work your legs to gain more upper body strength but wouldn't you want to keep them in balance anyway? Guys who focus too much on upper-body and get the chicken breast/legs thing going on look really weird...
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    Feb 20, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    You gotta do leg workouts .... DEADLIFTS -- beneficial to develop power running.

    Cheers