When it comes to building muscles, most people mainly concentrate on their upper body. They don’t care much about how skinny their thighs or leg muscles look and often find it difficult to train their lower body muscles.
Are you one of those people? Do you find it difficult to get bigger thighs as well? If so, then here are a few tips on how to say goodbye to those chicken legs and build bigger thighs.
Please note that when exercising, you should always concentrate on your lower body and upper body equally, especially if you are into bodybuilding. This is mainly because even if you do end up with some good upper body muscles, without some ripped thighs, your body will look incomplete.
Your ultimate aim should be to get that classic X-frame look. Regardless, if you are facing trouble in building bigger thighs, make sure to implement these mass building tips in your workout routine.
Warming Up Is Important
Building bigger thighs is not about doing countless squats, leg extensions, leg presses, or stiff-legged dead lifts. In order to force your muscles into getting bigger, you must first raise your core temperature with at least 5 to 10 minutes of warm-up exercises.
These exercises can include light running or cycling, followed by a proper stretching routine that primarily focuses on your hamstrings, quads, groin, and calves. Keep in mind that without warming up, you will be more prone to injury, thus reducing your chances of building bigger thighs.
Train Faster And Explosively
When it comes to building upper body muscles, people are often told to exercise at a slow pace to put their muscles under the maximum amount of stress. However, the opposite happens when it comes to building lower body muscles, particularly your thighs. When performing thigh exercises, faster and explosive movements prove much helpful for building thigh muscles faster.
However, it is important that you time your leg exercises. Do as many (controlled) reps as possible within two minutes. Then, take a short rest, after moving on to another set. This way, you will be able to do more reps and eventually be able to build bigger thighs faster.
Cardio Is Not Exactly Effective
Yes, it is true. While cardio-based exercises like running, swimming, and cycling can help your leg muscles get stronger, they can’t actually make them bigger. Now, why is that?
Well, cardio exercises force your body to utilize a lot of energy, without providing your thigh muscles enough training to build mass or force them to grow. Therefore, make sure to hit the cardio only when your thighs are at a size, you will be happy to maintain.
Isolation Movements – Get Tone And Definition
In order to get tone and define your thigh muscles, consider using the leg curl and leg extension machines which are available at all gyms. To crank up the intensity, put the weight on a high resistance and go for as many reps as possible to train your quad muscles and hamstring muscles.
However, do make sure to set the machine at the correct height, to reduce the chances of experiencing an injury. Keep in mind that your knees should line up directly to the axis of the leg curl and extension machine.
Time For A Few Squats!
The best way to build superior thighs and leg muscle tissue is doing squats. It is considered one of the trickiest exercises and most part-time bodybuilders avoid it. This form of exercise is usually completed with barbells or with the Smith machine. It is the most effective exercise for anyone looking to strengthen their lower body and train their thigh muscles.
However, if you want to increase the intensity of this particular workout, you can consider adding a few extra weights.
But keep in mind that when performing a squat, your legs should never lock out. This is because it will take the load of the workout off your legs, which defies the purpose of the exercise and reduces the intensity of the workout. To see how far you can go during a squat, put a bench under you. If you make contact with the bench, it means you are low enough.
Keep Your Body Well Fueled
Last, but not the least, keep in mind that your legs, thighs and glutes make the biggest muscle group in your body, so it is imperative that you keep them energized to work them hard. Therefore, consume lots of good healthy foods with protein, carbs, and healthy fats, as well as protein powders to make sure you don’t get exhausted when training those thigh muscles hard.
So, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, getting bigger thighs won’t be a problem.