Legs, Legs and more Legs

Benefits-Of-Training-Legs-e1420305962754I am working a leg routine this morning and I have to admit that it is my most grueling workouts. Heavy squats really get my heart pumping and completely drain me of energy so I have started taking longer breaks in between sets to regain enough energy to complete another set. I added a new exercise that I have avoided due to the complexity of the bowflex machine. To do front leg raises I have to attach another piece of equipment to get it done. This is a brand new exercise so I am keeping it relatively light with weight.

leg-musclesOnce again, as we age our legs are an important part of our bodies to keep fit. Too many suffer from artery problems simply because they are not finding ways to drive blood to their lower extremities. Obviously doing things like walking to a point where you get your pulse up to a level of challenge for 30 minutes each day helps to keep your legs in great shape, but it is also the heavy lifting of weight just once a week that keeps the muscles in your legs toned and strong while also increasing bone density. And speaking of bone density, we all know what increased blood flow does for our sex lives. Rather than reaching for the viagra reach out to a good leg workout just once a week. And this is not just for men as women have reported more intense orgasms after just of few months of including leg workouts in their routines. And I certainly don’t have to remind anyone of seeing a great pair of legs walking down the beach.

Look, as you can see in the drawing above how all parts of the legs play equal rolls in the overall activities  we do each day. From walking, to running and jumping or simply getting from one place to the other our legs are meant to work for us. Even if you are suffering from knee or joint pain seek out a good, reputable sports medicine physician and find out of leg exercises might benefit your ailments. I am so tired of seeing men my age hobbling down the street when it is possible to make just a few minor corrections by working those muscles. It may just work for you, but even if it doesn’t at least you will know that you tried.

Blood Sugar- 115, Weight- 182.4

Bowflex- LEGS
Squats- 280- 15, 15, 15
Calf Raises- 280- 15, 18, 20
Front Leg Raises- 160- 15, 15, 12

5:45 AM- Protein Shake (32g), Creatine (5g)
6:30 AM- Oatmeal
9:30 AM- Protein Bar (30g)
12:30 PM- Steak, Broccoli, 1/2 baked potato
6:30 PM- Tuna Caserole

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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20 Responses to Legs, Legs and more Legs

  1. James says:

    I have a love-hate relationship with squats and deadlifts. I love that I can do them but they wipe me out, particularly deadlifts. I do squats as my very first lift when I walk into the gym, and I do them three days a week. When I get to the heavier part of my progression, I find that I can’t squat as low as I’d like, which is why I often do sets of zercher squats after my regular workout, since they let me squat lower.

    I only do deadlifts one to two days a week depending on where I am in my five-week cycle. Particularly at heavier weights (for me), just getting the barbell off the floor is a challenge. I also have to watch out for my lower back, since I’ve tweaked it in the past doing deadlifts.

    That said, the very heaviest I’ve ever lifted was doing deadlifts, so they are really satisfying once accomplished. I do find though that they almost completely drain me, so I’m pretty fatigued for the rest of my workout.

    I do see the difference in my legs and the deadlifts, among other things, are strengthening my grip and producing larger forearms.

  2. Totally agree with this post.
    It’s incredible how much you can do with a few simple adjustments and the right footwear.
    My legs are my lifeline since losing weight and I absolutely love to walk and will soon start running too.
    Can’t really do any weights due to the knee injury but in time I plan to get that going too….

  3. New Journey says:

    I have been trying to work different areas in the gym…yesterday was leg day….amazing how quick you can get your pulse going by just doing leg exercises…I have been doing heavier weights with lower reps and more sets….I can feel a difference, I have yet to be really sore the next day…maybe I am not pushing myself enough..??!!?? but I am seeing the benefit of using the machines…I am thinking after I looses another 40#’s I can start to think about how to sculpt my muscles…right now I am just trying to loose inches, pounds and build strength…..but lovin the gym…OMG did that come out of my mouth…LOL kat

  4. This was a great post! I HATE working legs, but I love to see the progress. As a rule, when it comes to legs, if you ain’t heavin when you’re leavin, you didn’t work hard enough. 😃Strong work on the 280# Squat btw!

  5. Tony R says:

    I so agree with you. I was almost in that shape before I decided to get my legs back in shape. People don’t realize how far they can come if they just force themselves to do something for a few minutes a day if that is all that they can do. But too many of them accept their situation without ever fighting against it.
    Tony R

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