5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Skip Leg Day
April 30, 2021

Perhaps the main reason why many hate leg day is that it usually takes a couple of days to fully recover, especially if you go heavy on the weights. Additionally, working your lower body out doesn’t always mimic how you would do everyday movements. For example, if you were to squat to pick something up from the ground, you wouldn’t necessarily squat below parallel, as you would when working out. The range of motion done on leg day is different and greater than your daily range, so it makes sense to say that legs can hurt the most and even the longest, after specifically targeting them after a workout.

Coach Sam working on her glutes and legs

Despite the dreaded soreness that comes after getting a good leg workout in, its benefits overshadow its disadvantages. If you still don’t believe us, we’ve listed down a couple of reasons why leg day is a must:

1. It helps speed up calorie burn.

If you’re a calorie counter, then leg day helps you speed up its burn. Because your lower body contains some of your biggest muscles, it needs more work from your heart and brain. This leads to higher heart rate and fat burn, as well as speeds up your metabolism. All in all, this results in a quicker caloric burn during and even after your workout.

Pick up the intensity with a heart-pumping Leg Day workout from Coach Hans!

2. It reduces risk of pain and injury.

Back pain might just be a common woe we all face, after long days spent working from home. While a good stretch can sometimes do the trick, it only provides momentary relief. One of the most common reasons for back pain is weak stabilizing muscles, so it’s best to train all your muscle groups equally. Plus, working the legs through functional exercises promote stability, so you’re less likely to injure yourself.

Take it easy while still getting a good leg workout in with a Lower Body LIT session from Coach Cass!

3. It improves your range of motion and balance.

Muscle gains aren’t the only things you get from efficient strength training. As you progress through lifts and moves, your range of motion increases, resulting in better flexibility. Together with a strong core, equally strong legs can improve your balance significantly, too.

Tone your lower body and improve flexibility with Coach Sam's Cheerleader Booty and Legs workout!

4. It works your other muscles too.

Many of the usual lower body exercises are compound movements, which means that they work more than one joint and target several muscle groups at once. As you perform certain lifts, you keep your core engaged, so that works and tones your abs in the long run, too! And because training the legs also incorporates working other muscles, it can get physically demanding for the heart—making continuous sets kind of like a cardio workout as well.

Target your legs while hitting other muscle groups through Coach Cam's Legs and Booty routine!

5. It boosts athletic performance and eases everyday tasks.

Strengthening your legs lets you develop power to run faster, jump higher, and be more explosive. But, even non-athletes can benefit from not skipping leg day, as it helps increase strength in performing daily activities like rearranging furniture, carrying kids and heavy groceries, and even lifting up plants and pets.

Improve athleticism and progress with heavier weights or higher reps with a dumbbell Leg Workout from Coach Tinoy!

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