The muscles of your legs and hips are some of the strongest in your entire body. Evolution created us by design, and for humans to stand upright, walk, run and jump, we needed large muscles in our lower body to survive.
Many people at the gym like to skip “leg day”, or simply don’t feel that working out their lower posterior chain is nearly as important as crafting bulging biceps. Unfortunately, they’re doing their bodies a huge disservice.
The benefits derived from lower body workouts are almost too numerous to list here, but at the very least remember that we need our legs for just about every functional daily activity. Sitting down, getting up off the floor, and just simply walking require complete activation of our quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes.
Conditioning your lower body will increase your metabolism (leading to easier weight loss), increase bone density, and simply improve your cardiovascular system. Sports that require speed and jumping, such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, and tennis, all demand strong leg muscles for optimum athletic performance.
And aesthetically speaking, who wants to have the top half of their body look strong and toned, while their bottom half looks skinny and weak? For a complete and well-balanced body, both men and women should be training their legs regularly.
Untrained muscles in our legs can lead to injury down the road as well as weakened bones and joints as our bodies age. Some of the best exercises you can perform to strengthen your lower chain are the Deadlift, Squat, and Lunges.
All of these movements, even if just performed with your bodyweight can be extremely challenging over multiple sets. Training your lower body will pay big dividends leading to increased energy, stability, balance, and overall health.
Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE® - performance lifestyle brand encompassing performance apparel & formulas, IMPOSSIBLE Fitness® programs, and a philanthropy arm. An endurance athlete and entrepreneur - he's also the creator of MoveWellApp and owns Ultimate Meal Plans. Find out what next challenge Joel is crossing off his impossible list here.