What's the big deal?

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    Sep 13, 2007 2:37 PM GMT
    I need your honest opinions and help with how I can get the motivation to work on these areas of my body. Shoulders, Back and Legs. I avoid these workouts, mostly because I am not comfortable or have never been shown what exercises to do for these areas. Shoulders I know, some back I know...It's the legs I could care less about...Should I care about my legs?
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    Sep 13, 2007 3:06 PM GMT
    So you work out your chest, arms, and abs...but not your shoulders (which help with chest/arms), back (which helps with core/abs/everything), and legs (which SUPPORT YOUR BODY WEIGHT)...

    now that is meant to be somewhat humorous, but I'd say the key thing you need to be doing is incorporating these supporting muscles into your workout unless you want to look like a "weeble wobble".

    Noone can motivate you to do something but yourself. When you wake up and look in the mirror are you completely happy with what you see?
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    Sep 13, 2007 3:10 PM GMT
    It depends. If you cardio train (cycle etc) then you could get away with a little leg work.

    But if your legs are skinny, then you'll look weird with a nice muscley torso above them.

    One benefit of leg work is that it also works out your butt and keeps that nice and tight. So it's probably worth doing some leg-work.

    Check out some of the routines on Realjock for other areas, they're very useful and well illustrated.

    Good luck.

    Lozx
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    Good questions, Gr8GuyInFL. A lot of people avoid leg work and focus on the upper body. I'm not a trainer or a doctor, but I've read from a variety of sources that heavy leg work produces testosterone.

    The Internet has many sites with videos or instructions on how to do specific exercises. You can also just get some of the magazines in the store or books with different exercises.

    If you have bad knees, some can be very rough on them so get some good advice from a trainer or gym employee. You could also ask people to spot you and check your form (especially with squats).

    I used to injure my lower back doing squats, until my trainer had me take the bar and stand right in front of the wall, while squatting. I had to keep my nose almost touching the wall. Once I learned to do that, I stopped injuring myself.

    Here are some basic leg exercises I like:

    1) Squats (you can start w/Smith Machine)
    2) Hack Squats
    3) Stiff-Legged Deadlifts
    4) Lunges (I love walking lunges)
    5) Leg curls
    6) Leg Raises
    7) Calf Raises (seated or standing)

    The best motivation for me is looking at guys in shorts who DON'T work on their legs but have great upper bodies. Their bodies look very out of proportion, especially if they take steroids and don't work the lower body. However, some men have great difficulty increasing muscle mass in their legs, especially calves, no matter how much they work out so don't be quick to judge.

    Strengthening shoulders and back will help your posture and your ability to lift when doing other exercises.
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:28 PM GMT
    There's a whole topic on RJ devoted to "chicken legs":

    http://www.realjock.com/topic/12247/
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:45 PM GMT
    It's a real delicate balance. You don't want to overdo any part of your body or underdo any part, especially your wings.

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    Sep 14, 2007 1:49 PM GMT
    LOL -

    ;->MG don't be suprised if you get a bill in the mail for replacement of the keyboard and monitor I just snarfed all over...

    R
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:53 PM GMT
    Yeah it's always kind of a shock to see a guy with a developed upper body and disproportionally sized legs.
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:54 PM GMT
    McGay, from your progess pic you just posted, it looks like you need to back down on the cehst workouts, and pick up the arms workouts a bit!

    LOL
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:55 PM GMT
    It only looks that way because I got plucked really hard last night. I'm so sore.
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:56 PM GMT
    Personally, I dread leg days. I'm sore for days afterward. I generally stick to the machines when it comes to legs, because I workout alone. I'd do more squats if I had a spot. Squats are the best thing you can do for legs and Glutes.

    Gr8, any decent gym with some good nautilis equipment will be great for legs for you. Just look on the machine, the instructions are there with pretty pictures and everything.
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    Sep 14, 2007 2:24 PM GMT
    I have a question about legs.

    Shouldn't running on the treadmill, or working on the eliptical also build leg muscle (in adddition to working the heart)?
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    Sep 14, 2007 2:32 PM GMT
    Hey McGay - I like to run outdoors and use the elliptical on treadmill on cold or hot days, but I still like to do leg workouts. I've found that my endurance and speed (for cardio) increases when I do leg workouts. Plus, good leg workouts can give you a great ass!
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    Sep 14, 2007 2:40 PM GMT
    I find that too. If I do my leg workout first, the cardio is much easier. The reverse isn't true. I just don't think my legs are seeing too much growth per se from the treadmill or the eliptical. Are you saying that outdoor running would have the added benefit of growing my legs?
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    Sep 14, 2007 2:41 PM GMT
    It would tone up the legs but I think by it's very nature it's not going to add much size in and of itself. I think being short and growing up a bit chubby made it easier for me in this regard.
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    Sep 14, 2007 2:51 PM GMT
    McGay - I'm not a trainer so I don't know if outdoor running would have the added benefit of growing your legs. I've found that it has helped me, but I've been running since the early '80s. I don't have any knee problems, so it's not difficult for. I've never had tiny legs, though, even when I didn't work out. I'd be interested in hearing from someone who knows more about the topic than I do. I just know I love working out my legs in the gym - which places me in the minority!
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    Sep 14, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
    reason 1

    I cant remember the percentage but if you fail to work the legs you reduce your optimal muscle growth in the upper body its something like 22% or some weird figure like that.

    The way I look at it is muscle building is all about tearing and feeding muscles to make them grow but there's one major element which is a precursor to doing that and thats the release of growth hormone. I wont get all technical here but look at the size of the leg muscles and if you fail to work them thats a whole lot of potential growth hormone you are not releasing

    reason 2

    So yuo wanna just work the tshirt gay muscles then? How you gonna do that if you cant lift a progressively increasing weight because your back or legs aint strong enough?

    reason 3

    Its a whole lot of effort you are gonna be putting in time wise if you avoid the major compounds that work the back and legs.