Should I be doing a legs only workout

  • Fritter

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    Aug 07, 2009 12:17 PM GMT
    My workout routine right now is Chest/Biceps day 1, Legs/Back day 2, and Sholders/Triceps day 3 and repeat. My question is that my leg workouts do me in, and I have little energy left for working another bodypart. Should I split legs into it's own day, or maybe split it into two workouts on that day, one am, and one pm?
    Any thoughts?
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    Aug 07, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    Yes. Legs and back are fairly big muscle groups. I would do chest day 1, back day 2 and legs day 3. I would probably do shoulders same day as legs.
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    Aug 07, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    I remember a trainer I had had me to Chest/Tris, Back/Bis, Legs/Shoulders. That way, you work the muscles consistent with the larger muscle groups. But if you really want to focus, alot of people do just one muscle group a day (as Syd mentioned) and do two work outs in that day. It's all about person preference too though!
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    Aug 07, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    i gained a lot of mass doing days like this

    chest... back(and shoulders)... arms(bis and tris... legs/core heavy... rest/cardio day

    rinse repeat.. 6 excersizes 4 sets each, 10 reps, heavy weight. do a little core every day
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    Aug 07, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
    Legs taking alot of work both physical and mental. They need their own day. If you have done legs and then try to do shoulders or bis, you will notice that you arent as stable on your feet as your legs are tired which could result in injuring something
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    Aug 07, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    Rujock saidLegs taking alot of work both physical and mental. They need their own day. If you have done legs and then try to do shoulders or bis, you will notice that you arent as stable on your feet as your legs are tired which could result in injuring something


    Good point. That's why I usually do the shoulder or arm workouts that require standing before I do my legs. Then I blitz my legs, and I can sit down for the remainder of the shoulder/arm exercises. Or maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to sit down icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 08, 2009 8:52 AM GMT
    What are you doing for your legs exactly?

    You might want to try a different split, giving legs there own day, since they are such a large muscle group and you can work them hard.

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    Aug 09, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidWhat are you doing for your legs exactly?

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    I do hack squats, leg extentions, hamstring curls, stanting calf raises and deadlifts. I have a basement gym and do not have the full array of equipment. What I do have is pictured below.

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    Aug 09, 2009 1:40 PM GMT
    I generally combine my legs with Cardio. Esp since I feel quite energized after a good cardio and am quite active.
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    Aug 10, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    the manager at swinging richards, who recently won the top national prize for bodybuilding for his weight class, said in passing to one of the straight boys, "if you're doing legs properly, you won't be able to do anything else."

    from that i took him to mean that legs have to be hit hard. they are large muscle groups that take up alot of blood, and if you're working intensely enough to accomplish anything you won't have the energy to do anything else. if what he says is true: yes, you need a day just for legs.
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    Aug 10, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    dancerjack said"if you're doing legs properly, you won't be able to do anything else."


    Took the words right out of my mouth! When I am finished with legs I can hardly walk on a day that I truly worked them much less go and do another body part. Holla at me for a killer leg routine then tell me what else you worked afterwards lol.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    I do legs, abs, forearms in one session. When I'm done with my workout, I'm sweaty and spent. I couldn't imagine doing any other muscle group after that.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    Legs deserve their own day.
  • Fritter

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    I've split my routine now and I like it! My back workout today was awesome. I had the energy to really work my lats, and I could really feel them.
    Thanks for the advice guys!