A Cure for Gay Gym Legs?

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    Dec 16, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
    What is your favorite leg exercise? I like sqauts. It's not something you've forgtten. It's just that you haven't been squatin'.
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    Dec 16, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    Hook a straight bar to the lower pulley. Face pulley, bend down, quads almost parallel to fllorr.. Grab bar on floor with underhand grip with both hands and simultaniously bring bar to waist as you try to stand up straight. Try to get a counterbalance going with your legs/heals and the weight stack.when you are lifting and going down.

    I'm fortunate to have a balanced upper and lower (including calves) body.

    Another one that will shape your upper legs below your waist very well:

    Sit on floor. Feet extended, toes pointed to ceiling, feet about shoulder width apart. Grab a padded, weighted bar (maybe 10, 15 lbs) Place one end of the bar over your ankle area. Lift foot about 6 inches up and lower. Repeat. Try to keep a neutral sitting position and use your hands for balance with the goal of eventually being able to restyour hands on your lap.. Do another set for the other leg.
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    Dec 16, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    Ah, leg exercises... I love and hate them.

    I love them because they make me feel like I've accomplished so much work... All that weight! It makes me feel super heroic! I hate them because they are the hardest part of the gym. And you can't walk right for days... But it's all worth it for a meaty pair thighs.

    Squats, in their infinite variety, are the ONLY leg exercise, as far as I'm concerned. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 16, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    Alright. I'm going to be a bit long-winded on this one because I've had to force myself to really step up my leg workouts when I'm off season for marathon training, and that I inherited my mom's side of the family's legs (bird legs). That, along with a torn IT band recovery, here is what I did to get my ass rounded out and stronger legs in general.

    I start out every leg day with a few sets on the Cybex Leg Press (every line of strength equipment has a leg press of some sort - this is a good warm up especially if you are doing squats/lunges/etc. My gym doesn't have a loaded free weight leg press so what I do is this (I get strange looks sometimes and it took me a while to figure it out): we have an old skool Cybex Smith Machine that isn't like the flimsy new ones. I load that up with a few plates and do a reverse squat - you lay on your back, you flip the bar with your feet, and do vertical leg presses. It does take some getting used to, and you MUST put up the safety locks just in case. After a few sets of this, I head to the centerpiece of the workout: squats. I don't use the Smith Machine - for some reason it messes up my back.

    so after this I hit the circuit: I do the inner and outer thigh (abductor and adductor machines) and the multi hip (butt kickback) - you jump from #1 to #2 to #3 for about 3-4 cycles - THAT will get your ass burning. Finish it off with a couple of sets on the leg extension and leg curl (I know that many personal trainers and even physical therapists frown on those machines now, but I go light). This workout will take you an hour depending on how many sets you decide to do and your rest period. I'm trying to step up the intensity so my rest isn't as long now.

    As far as cardio? I've dumped the treadmill all together. We got in the new Precor Ellipticals and that's all I ever use. No more achilles tendon problems or anything.
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    Dec 16, 2008 7:31 PM GMT

    Awww, a cure for Gay Gym Legs...pants.
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    Dec 16, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    Gay Gym Legs? What's that? In the air in the steam room? rimshot.gif

    On the serious side, it seems like a lot of the guys at my gym ignore their legs totally.
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    Dec 16, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    Timberoo, you are looking sexy in that new pic and if that is a poka dot shower
    curtain, spill it, I wanna know where you got it!
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    Dec 16, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear saidTimberoo, you are looking sexy in that new pic and if that is a poka dot shower
    curtain, spill it, I wanna know where you got it!


    IKEA, specifically in Conshohocken.

    and thank you. I don't really view myself as sexy.
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    Timberoo said

    IKEA, specifically in Conshohocken.

    and thank you. I don't really view myself as sexy.


    You don't have to...that's my job.

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    Dec 16, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    You want great legs, lay down on your bed and hold your feet in the air. Try to get them as close to your ears as possible and hold that position. Now, while you are in that position picture each one of the Steelers defensive line in order of the numbers on their jerseys.

    Practice this every day, even several times a day. When you can take the whole Steelers defensive line you will have to have your pants custom made.

    This is isometric visualization and it works.
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    spin, and it makes the legs look naturally strong. i do HIIT on any machine that lends itself to it, and bike made a noticeable difference.
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    leg presses. luv em
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:17 PM GMT
    I had no idea that such a thing was even possibleicon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    I just have nice legs because I work out!
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:17 PM GMT
    Timberoo said

    On the serious side, it seems like a lot of the guys at my gym ignore their legs totally.


    Right. It's not just a gay problem, either. In fact, percentage-wise, I'd wager that majority of gay guys in my gym have better legs than straight guys! Which is saying something because most of those gay guys do not have great legs.
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    Leg press, barbell squat, hack squat, front squat, leg extensions, abductors, adductors, donkey calf raise, seated calf raise, step ups, stiff-legged dead lift, standing leg curl, and seated leg curl topped off with either bike or stairs.

    You get big doing all that icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    Ducky44 saidI had no idea that such a thing was even possibleicon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    I just have nice legs because I work out!


    Do you have the privates to prove that?
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    Favorite isn't necessarily the same as most effective. I confess I invested too much in 45-degree linear leg press over the last 20+ years and not enough in squats. This is because I am strong on leg press. It's the sin of indulging in what your'e good at, not what you need. I'm paying the price now: my lifting partner and I switched to starting leg day with squats instead of leg press and we're very slowly adding squat strength.
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    Dec 17, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    I agree with the guy who said that this is not by any means confined (or is even primarily applicable) to gay guys.

    And at least sometimes it's genetics. I've worked my legs very hard for a very long time and they've always lagged behind my upper body. People would sometimes say to me, "You've got such a great upper body. You should work on your legs more." And I'd have to explain that if anything I worked on my legs harder than I worked on my upper body. And when people who looked they didn't work out at all would say this, I'd have to restrain myself from saying . . . something nasty.

    Actually, I've had very nice hams for a very long time. The quads have always been the problem, have always lagged way behind.

    I've recently had to stop doing squats after having been doing them for about 25 years. I have severe back problems and my back just kept getting worse and worse. It only recently occurred to me that perhaps one of the reasons why my back problems have gotten much worse in the last few years is because of something about the gym where I work out. In the area where the squat rack is, the floor isn't really level. I think I've been putting way more pressure on one side than on the other when I've been doing them, without realizing it. I am way out of alignment and I think doing squats there may have had something to do with it.

    My back's actually been feeling better since I stopped the squats. And somewhat to my surprise, I think my quads are looking a bit better since I've cut out the squats (though I'm still doing Smith machine squats) and added more exercises to my quad workout to compensate for not doing squats.
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    Dec 17, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    theatrengym said And somewhat to my surprise, I think my quads are looking a bit better since I've cut out the squats (though I'm still doing Smith machine squats) and added more exercises to my quad workout to compensate for not doing squats.


    Could it be that you've been blasting your quads so hard that you haven't allowed enough recovery time? You probably already addressed that long ago... but it would explain why now that you're taking it easier on your legs, you're seeing better results.

    Either way, yes, genetics are an important factor in which areas grow and which don't. Luckily, my legs explode under the slightest pressure. Now if only my upper body would respond that easily... ugh!
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    Dec 17, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
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    theatrengym said And somewhat to my surprise, I think my quads are looking a bit better since I've cut out the squats (though I'm still doing Smith machine squats) and added more exercises to my quad workout to compensate for not doing squats.


    Could it be that you've been blasting your quads so hard that you haven't allowed enough recovery time? You probably already addressed that long ago... but it would explain why now that you're taking it easier on your legs, you're seeing better results.

    Either way, yes, genetics are an important factor in which areas grow and which don't. Luckily, my legs explode under the slightest pressure. Now if only my upper body would respond that easily... ugh!


    Thanks for the advice. There might have been a time when I wasn't giving my legs enough recovery time, but long ago I did learn about making sure I gave body parts time to recover.

    It may be that my body is just not all that mechanically suited to squats, with longish legs and in comparison a slightly smaller trunk. So perhaps what I've been doing lately — more leg presses and doing them with a couple of different foot placements, along with a bunch of other exercises — is just more effective for my body type.

    Or perhaps I'm deluding myself that my legs are getting a bit better.

    In any case, my back is feeling a bit better. At this point, that's most important. I've wondered if I should join another gym that might not have this uneven floor problem, but I've gotten pretty content with my current gym after having worked out at many gyms over the years. I've looked into a bunch of nearby gyms and overall I think I'm better off where I am. I'm just not going to do regular squats there again.

    If only I could afford to build a gym for myself. But I can't do that in Manhattan.
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    Dec 17, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    i agree, you could simply wear pants and hide them... the reverse strategy might work as well: show a whole lot more and people won't talk about your legs:

    miniskirt.jpg
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    Dec 17, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    I LOVE my legs!! They're HOT!!! LOL!!!

    LOVE squats, lunges and lifts!
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    Dec 17, 2008 6:00 AM GMT
    What is this term "Gay Gym Legs" of which you speak?
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    Dec 17, 2008 6:28 AM GMT
    YEAH.......IT'S NOT ONLY gay guys with puny legs/calves. My brother in law is all puffy and muscular on thw upper body, but has spagetti legs and calves.

    I count my blessings every day.Solid bigs legs.....big defined calves.

    I have an idea of who here on real jock is all developed on the upper body but is all skiny and undeveloped on legs and calves. I won't name names because this person is very boastful about how he NEVER ATTACKS ANYONE( in capital letters), but in actually he's a complete pompous turd.

    OOps........I let that one slip.........
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    Dec 17, 2008 6:48 AM GMT
    Legs are the least thing I have to work on at gym. While I was still young, and a weed. I had big calves. Now I have fantastic calves, and I do very little to have em. But they go with me build too. Solid as an outdoor shit house.