• Published: 31 January 2018
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    Leg day is one of the most hated workout days in the gym. People go so far as to skip it all together because they dread enduring another set of squats, lunges, leg presses or step ups. Don’t let this be you ever again. After watching this video, you are going to know the real reason why you hate leg day and, most importantly, what you need to do to start loving it from now on.

    Leg training is very polarizing. Ask someone whether they enjoy training their legs and you are going to get a strong response one way or the other. Some will actually look forward to it while the majority will despise it. There is actually a very good reason for why you might be one of those that does not like training their legs. Because doing so is really hard! There are over 50 muscles in the lower body that get trained when you do your leg workouts. The same cannot be said for training biceps. The more muscles that are working the harder the demand placed on you.

    That said, that isn’t the only reason why you hate leg day. More importantly, if you do not look forward to training your legs then you likely were forced by external forces to start training your legs in a way that exceeded your abilities at an early point in your training. This is a big mistake, but it can be corrected. If you are willing to break it all down and start back at square one, you can rebuild your leg training and build huge legs in the process.

    This is going to require that you get honest with yourself however. You need to be willing to admit that your squat (while heavy) may not truly be commanded at all points in the range of motion of the exercise. If you are feeling every rep in your joints more than your muscles then you definitely need to re-evaluate your performance of the lift and be willing to make some changes.

    Either way, when we skip the necessary process of building up to a big squat, we get frustrated and wind up hating leg training. This happens for one of two reasons. The first is, you perform your reps badly and allow the muscles that should be doing the work to escape unworked. This will only limit the gains you see in your legs which will frustrate you and make you start wanting to blame your genetics for your poor progress.

    It is not your genetics. It is you. You need to be honest with your shortcomings and realize that lifting with a lighter weight may have allowed you to put more of the work in your legs where it should be and you would get better results in the process. The second thing that happens is that you compensate your way through every rep of your leg training and wind up beating up your knees, ankles and hips in the process. This makes leg training physically unbearable and something that you want to avoid at all costs moving forward.

    Neither of these situations are conducive to you getting bigger legs. So, look at yourself in the mirror and be honest with your current approach to leg training. If you find that either of the above scenarios sounds like something that you are doing too much of right now, do me a favor and back off. Start with much lighter weights than you can supposedly handle and work on perfecting your squat form. From here, gradually add back in the weight and you will be shocked at not just how good your legs feel but how great they start looking in the process.

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Comments • 3 876

    ATHLEAN-X™   11 months back

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    • joshua2585
      joshua2585  2 months back

      I Effing love your videos man.

    • frankgon4
      frankgon4  3 months back

      Almost as if you were talking to me. I am starting over this week.

    • Davida Majako
      Davida Majako  5 months back

      My first legday was the most painful experience in my legs. Lasted 7 days.

      After that the legdays 2 times a week are fun to do but i also have my younger brother. We motivatie eachother.

    • Live it love it D22
      Live it love it D22  5 months back

      ATHLEAN-X™ hey Jeff can you make a video on muscle soreness whilst having a physical 9-5 job and growth!?? Thanks

    • Rogelio Sarceno
      Rogelio Sarceno  10 months back

      Speaking facts! Thank you so much!

  • Ricky Of The Ranch
    Ricky Of The Ranch  16 hours back

    I actually sometimes skip it because my legs are already big, enough so that I look disproportionate but my legs are the way too big ones. BRO TIP: just ride a bicycle whenever you can

    • DSI
      DSI  2 days back


      Only reason "leg day" is hard is because you don't focus on legs that often because men focus on their upper body for the ladies.

      • J Pugh
        J Pugh  2 days back

        How can you have a leg day if everyday is chest day 🤔😁

        • J Pugh
          J Pugh  2 days back

          Leg press like 700lbs squat like 115 ☠

          • Chris w
            Chris w  3 days back

            Bruh i got a ferrero rocher ad

            • FFrota
              FFrota  3 days back

              I’ve had to go through a couple of these reality checks with the weights and form in my squat. Constant long haul flights and overtraining led me to constant injuries when doing the heavy weight training I can do. I’ve realized that it’s beneficial to reinforce your foundation from time to time. Especially in my age (41)

              • The Iron-Wifu
                The Iron-Wifu  4 days back

                I don't hate leg day..... I hate the day after leg day.

                • TheChosenWaffle
                  TheChosenWaffle  6 days back

                  B-but... I like leg day, and I'm weak asf

                  • Vlad the Impaler
                    Vlad the Impaler  1 weeks back

                    Let’s clarify, I dont hate leg day, I hate the 3 days following leg day.

                    • Vladimir iZaCk
                      Vladimir iZaCk  1 days back

                      You romanian shit

                      I thought you were dead?!

                  • Nurbles
                    Nurbles  1 weeks back

                    Doing legs is like flossing your teeth, at the start it's gonna be painful and you're gonna hate it, but the more and more you do it, it becomes better and better, until it becomes a part of your routine.

                    • Rashard G
                      Rashard G  1 weeks back


                      • Vinit Unni
                        Vinit Unni  2 weeks back

                        I kept on thinking the skeleton was the one doing the recording.

                        • GalawJay
                          GalawJay  2 weeks back

                          How often should you train legs?

                          • Saaed Yousefi
                            Saaed Yousefi  2 weeks back

                            I have bad leg genetics.😂😂

                            • o B
                              o B  2 weeks back

                              I hate leg day, because I don't really know a good way to work out legs. Squatting is just annoying to me.

                              • Kyle
                                Kyle  3 weeks back

                                I like leg day the most since I ran cross country and my legs are strong as hell. I've had to work a lot harder to get my upper body strength.

                                • zoeken dcuo
                                  zoeken dcuo  4 weeks back

                                  I don’t like leg day because bitches don’t care about legs simple

                                  • Dave FX
                                    Dave FX  4 weeks back

                                    Leg day is the only real day. Every other day you're just chilling, chatting in between sets. It's easy. Leg days not complete until you need to puke.

                                    • jer iffy
                                      jer iffy  4 weeks back

                                      I feel exhausted after legs

                                      • James Edition
                                        James Edition  4 weeks back

                                        Thank god i go great leg genetics and big calfs

                                        • TheDrCrow
                                          TheDrCrow  1 months back

                                          Little did Jeff know leg day is my favourite day

                                          • Bryce_ Brunelli
                                            Bryce_ Brunelli  1 months back

                                            I don't understand why they hate it. The only time I do is when I have a 4x12 and I'm on my last set. SQUATTING IS FUN AND ITS YOUR MENTALITY!

                                            • C Money Drumming
                                              C Money Drumming  1 months back

                                              I get my ass kicked by leg day but i always see more gains after that day overall than any other day.

                                              • Douglas McLaren
                                                Douglas McLaren  1 months back

                                                Great coach! Love your videos! Truly appreciated.

                                                • JackO M8
                                                  JackO M8  1 months back

                                                  Had ACL surgery 5 months ago and started going gym again but I’m only aloud to do body weight leg exercises 🙄. Upper body is getting more defined but leaving my legs behind ahaha physio reckons another few months then I can go back to squatting weight etc 👍🏻👍🏻

                                                  • brandon peterson
                                                    brandon peterson  1 months back


                                                    • Quentin Smith
                                                      Quentin Smith  1 months back

                                                      I got a Plan B ad, because hitting legs gets me laid 😎

                                                      Jk pls help

                                                      • jumpman2o
                                                        jumpman2o  1 months back

                                                        Thank you Jeff. You're an inspiration.

                                                        • GreenPigKing
                                                          GreenPigKing  1 months back

                                                          The reason I don’t get excited is because I don’t have girls looking at my meaty thighs and getting turned on.

                                                          • TraceguyRune
                                                            TraceguyRune  1 months back

                                                            Because leg day doesn't make you look good in the bathroom mirror. 😅

                                                            • Kyle Snoddy
                                                              Kyle Snoddy  1 months back

                                                              The thing with leg day is that it's just too sore on your legs, especially if you plan on running or playing sports days after. Literally the day after leg day it's even bloody sore to sit down

                                                              • Rybackilicious
                                                                Rybackilicious  1 months back

                                                                Kyle Snoddy I do sprints after leg day. It fucking sucks but it’s doable

                                                            • Fausto Diaz
                                                              Fausto Diaz  1 months back

                                                              Agreed with everything here, I'm starting all over again with my squats. I appreciate this!👍🏻

                                                              • Bryan Flores
                                                                Bryan Flores  1 months back

                                                                Leg Day does suck.

                                                                But it's necessary.

                                                                • Rajat Pangtey
                                                                  Rajat Pangtey  1 months back

                                                                  my friend always skips leg day and when I'm squatting he keeps telling me to increase the weight (i don't need to atm)
                                                                  I'll throw a loaded rode on him soon

                                                                  • soldatheero
                                                                    soldatheero  1 months back

                                                                    I love squatting as you get so much bang for your buck.. I squat and bench press together in the same workout and try to do it 3 times a week.

                                                                    • Justin The Matrix
                                                                      Justin The Matrix  1 months back

                                                                      I can get sore from doing squats with no weight.

                                                                      • Michael Ramirez
                                                                        Michael Ramirez  1 months back

                                                                        I see a spooky skeleton in the mirror.

                                                                        • operations1000
                                                                          operations1000  1 months back

                                                                          100% bang on!!
                                                                          I restarted completely, used to do 3 plates @ 165lb weight, total half squat bs, shocked I didn't seriously injure myself. It mainly did nothing for my legs and especially glutes and hams.
                                                                          Now I'm doing low-bar squats with great form, not too low (that's a thing too, the low bounce up cheat) and definitely not too high. I'm back up to doing 5 reps of 170lbs working back to 2 plates. My legs have never felt better and stronger!!

                                                                          • Dylan Hammerle
                                                                            Dylan Hammerle  2 months back

                                                                            Why I hate leg day besides it not being chest / biceps: I have never been out on a Saturday night and a girl told me “woah nice quads”

                                                                            • funky down
                                                                              funky down  2 months back

                                                                              try the hack squat. its difficult to cheat and you will struggle with low weight definitely

                                                                              • Dark_Matter
                                                                                Dark_Matter  2 months back

                                                                                If you’re sore and quads and hams cramp up before you go to bed at some point in the day, I’d say it was a good leg day. And this is based on my experience with my own progression with weight and form.

                                                                                • Dorothy Saikia
                                                                                  Dorothy Saikia  2 months back

                                                                                  I actually love leg day, maybe it's because my upper body strength is negligible and leg day makes me feel more worthy. 😂 sad life.

                                                                                  • Eduardo Salgado
                                                                                    Eduardo Salgado  2 months back

                                                                                    Man, the only reason I hate leg day is because I hate going to work with tired legs

                                                                                    • James Miller
                                                                                      James Miller  2 months back

                                                                                      Another stellar video by Jeff. Great advice, inspiring trainer.

                                                                                      • Miau Saber
                                                                                        Miau Saber  2 months back

                                                                                        I only like leg day when i finish

                                                                                        • Tyler Volentine
                                                                                          Tyler Volentine  2 months back

                                                                                          Two things that everyone forgets when squatting: Good Form and Proper Shoes!

                                                                                          • Slinky TV
                                                                                            Slinky TV  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Tyler Volentine And sticking out dat ass when going low

                                                                                        • kagato0110
                                                                                          kagato0110  2 months back

                                                                                          Hmm, makes sense. Ok I'm going to drop weight and start over again with my legs