I just read an article on BodyBuilding.com that discussed the fact that legs are often erroneously overlooked by people trying to build or change their physique through weight training. I have to admit, I used to be one of those people. I always figured I did enough "work" on my legs with all the running and spinning I was doing and there wouldn't be much benefit to doing additional strength training, when I could spend my time focusing on my upper body in the weight room. Sadly, when I began my new training schedule with Misty teaching me, I realized I couldn't have been more wrong, at least if I ever wanted to reach any of the goals I was setting for myself. Not only did it become clear how much upper body strength I lacked, I also realized I had a great imbalance of strength in my legs. My quads were pretty strong, but my hamstrings and glutes, not so much. Even my calves needed work. I was a little surprised when I first got a look at the schedule Misty had developed for me and saw that I had two leg workout days a week.
Now here I am starting my 5th week of training on this schedule and I have to say that I am a total "leg convert"! It makes complete sense, really. The muscles in the legs are the biggest muscles in our bodies. Strengthening and toning them will turn a body into a calorie burning machine, not to mention the strength, stability and agility that comes with having strong legs. And the soreness that I have been experiencing week in and week out in my legs (particularly my glutes) is a testament to me that I am definitely changing my body.
Today I did my usual Monday leg workout: leg press, hamstring curls, barbell lunges, leg extensions, calf raises and bench lunges. I increased my weight amounts on my leg press (I'm up to 130, which isn't a ton, but an improvement) and also added weight on my barbel lunges (up to 40 pounds). After weights, my husband and I went to our usual Monday spin class.