In this 3rd installment of the Big Three, the leg muscles are the biggest muscles of our body and in order to have a great metabolism you must not neglect lifting with these potential “fat furnaces”. The vast majority of women and men don’t realize how strong and powerful their legs can be without getting bulky.
I understand that most women have a fear of lifting with their legs because they often carry a higher amount of fat in their legs and therefore fear adding bulk to their lower half through strength training.
Believe you me, if you do not work your legs, then you will notice your legs will get more and more out of shape. Does cellulite ring a bell?
You Must Not Neglect Lifting With Your Legs.
As women, you don’t have the levels of testosterone necessary to build big bulky muscles like men! So don’t think that if you lift with your legs you will make them significantly bigger. In some cases, a small amount of muscle growth will occur and before you start to lose your fat on top and inside of this muscle, you may notice a slight size increase, but this is very temporary. This is mostly from shocking the muscle, b/c that particular muscle has been inactive for so long and now all of a sudden, its being forced to wake up.
Whether you are a male or female, you will soon notice how your legs gain new shape, firmness and a leaner appearance. All of which is caused by these muscles becoming more active and therefore burning more fat!
Let’s talk about an area that all women are concerned about, their butt. It must be dealt with head on. Meaning you must make a huge concentrated effort to reshape the behind that inactivity and age has destroyed.
Butts require squats and lunges! Lots of them and with weight. There’s no other way around it, especially if you have Big Butts that run in the family. The bigger the butt, the more squats and lunges you will have to do; FOREVER!
No amount of step-ups, abduction or adduction exercises will do the significant work that must be done in order to reshape your butt.
These exercises are great auxiliary ones and are helpful initially and in complementary sense to a leg weight training program, but on their own they will not do much. Legs and butts are strong muscles so in order to change their looks we have to challenge them. This requires using heavier weights and intense contractions.