The legs muscles are often the hardest muscles to strengthen.
A lot of weight trainers completely ignore their legs and throw attention fully into the chest, biceps, triceps and shoulders. This will leave you like chicken on steroids.
Your skinny legs will struggle to balance your bulky body. But who can blame you. Really, the only relatively cheap strength training method is the squat.
There is no exercise where you will be able to lift more weight than with the squat. Squats make use of some of your strongest muscles and you will have your entire body underneath the weights. And you do not have to use weights at all.
Squatting can be done by standing with your toes in front of you and your feet shoulder width apart. All you have to do is bend your knees and allow your behind to slowly descend.
Stop descending when your thighs are parallel to the ground. Then extend your legs again until your legs are straight.
By doing high repetitions of this exercise, you can effectively tone your gluteus maximus and quadriceps. The quadriceps are the enormous muscles found on the back of your legs.
These are the strongest muscles on your body, which is why you are able to lift such enormous weights with this exercise.
Barbell squatting and machine squatting
That brings us to our part, which is the barbell squat. This exercise requires equipment. You can use a barbell or a squatting machine.
Choosing between one or another is tricky. Squatting machines are more expensive than barbells and you can really only use the squatting machine for squats.
Barbells, on the other hand, are versatile tools that can be used for anything from bench pressing to curls. But squatting machines are far safer than barbells.
As you increase the barbell weight, you run the risk of overwhelming yourself with the weight and losing your balance.
You can potentially injure yourself if your muscles cannot handle the strain of the barbell. But barbell weight training provides greater benefit to the quadriceps by forcing your muscles to use extra energy to balance, which can lead to better results.
Fortunately, there are ways to increase your safety when squatting. The most important thing to do when squatting is to always have a partner behind you. By using his upper body strength, he can help take some of the pressure coming from the barbell off your legs.
You must also make sure that you have clips on the ends of your barbell in order to ensure that the weights do not slip off the sides of the barbell. You should also pay attention to the proper squatting procedure.
How to properly squat?
Be sure to keep your chest up when squatting and look forward. Keep your hands closer together when holding the bar behind your shoulders in order to tighten your upper back.
Keep your feet shoulder-width apart. Stay off your toes and on your heels. By following this procedure, you can learn to squat very effectively and get the results you need.