How to go from thin legs to thick muscular legs for men?
My legs and thighs have definitely gotten hard but they are still too slim. I see squash and tennis players with huge legs. Do playing those sports really help increase muscle size in legs?
Feb 7th, 2017 11:20 am
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I'm definitely training legs often. 3x a week squatting 5x5 near 200 lbs. My weight is 170 lbs with 13% body fat. I will try eating more but eating relatively healthy.JLei2k wrote: ↑ Eat a lot. And squat heavy and frequent. Your legs will grow.
It's not rocket science. 5 x 5 at 75-80% of your 1 rep max on a heavy day + accessories and 4 x 8 at 60-65% on a more hypertrophy day + accessories every week on a bulk and they will blow up.
You either don't train legs hard enough (most people because they can't deal with initial crazy DOMS from squatting at high intensity/ frequency) or you don't eat enough (most people don't have an issue with this).
Feb 7th, 2017 5:17 pm
Ok so you're newish to training/ just weak or you are not nearly pushing it hard enough. Hop on a calorie surplus and start increasing the weight.
Feb 7th, 2017 9:59 pm
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Feb 8th, 2017 9:01 am
I want to maintain my abs. I would not sacrifice there. Think of a professional tennis player. That's the sort of body I am going for.amz155 wrote: ↑ Work em 2-3 times a week 40-70 reps per muscle group. Look up Wernbom or check out Eric Helms' pyramid ebooks (or the free you tube vids...he has a series on nutrition and one on training). Of course you have to eat in a surplus too. If you're 13% body fat, you'll need to let that go and eat in a surplus. Trying to stay lean will only help you spin your whells, unless you're not natty.
Feb 8th, 2017 6:02 pm
Laughable because they have different goals than you?
Feb 8th, 2017 6:23 pm
If you aren't willing to eat in a surplus, then you might need to rethink your goal. You can't build muscle out of thin air and if you're not a beginner and not on PEDs, the most efficient way to achieve hypertrophy is with a slight caloric surplus and proper programming.
Feb 8th, 2017 7:44 pm
Yeah, I would think skiers, snowboarders, football players would be more known for their leg strength.
Feb 9th, 2017 8:35 am
He's talking about size though. I'm thinking cyclists, Oly lifters, speed skaters. Football too. But of course pro athletes have elite genetics and many use PEDs so....it's hard to compare to that context.
Feb 13th, 2017 1:35 pm
With an attitude like that perhaps the gym isn't the place for you? I have trained quite a bit with world class lifters who squat 700+, bench 500+ and deadlift 600+ and the one thing they all have in common as far as attitudes go is that every has their own set of goals and whether or not they are their own, it isn't their place to criticize. The gym isn't all about shallow aesthetics to everyone.
Feb 14th, 2017 1:22 pm
Feb 14th, 2017 2:52 pm
You don't need to only use higher rep sets for hypertrophy. Increasing strength over time will support hyperophy because you can move more load at higher volumes. A mix of 'strength' sets of like 6-8 reps and hypertrophy work is optimal. I think Eric Helms recommends a 25/75 split ie 25% of work done to support strength gains and then 75% of work innhogher rep sets 8-12. Of course they aren't mutually exclusive but lowered sets lend themselves to strength gains better.aaronmd wrote: ↑ With an attitude like that perhaps the gym isn't the place for you? I have trained quite a bit with world class lifters who squat 700+, bench 500+ and deadlift 600+ and the one thing they all have in common as far as attitudes go is that every has their own set of goals and whether or not they are their own, it isn't their place to criticize. The gym isn't all about shallow aesthetics to everyone.
I wouldn't say tennis or squash players have large legs. They do tend to have well developed calves in relation to their quad size though.
If you want to grow your leg size you need to be in the higher (8-12) rep range which will not only encourage hypertrophy but also endurance. Mix some higher rep leg cycles with low rep strength oriented cycles.
Remember you are just starting out, have patience. Its going to take a solid diet and a lot of time under the bar to build size in your legs.