We all know how important leg days are, we’re constantly being told to increase the number of leg days we should do per week.

Therefore when I injured my wrist during a 6 month bulk, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to focus on the lower half for a couple of weeks.

I set out to train my legs for 2 weeks until my wrist healed. Here are 7 things that happened…

 

1. Leg day Pain is simply a result of Weak Legs

The first thing I discovered after around 3 days, was that leg day pain goes pretty quickly when you jump straight back in and train them again. The fear of leg day where the pain lasts for days disappeared on day 2. 

The more I trained my legs the stronger they seemed to get which goes against everything most people would think. Not only that, but my lifts were getting heavier at a steady rate.

I didn’t realised how weak my legs were until I was forced to train them for 2 weeks. I was previously squating 130kg for 3 reps, by the end of the 2 week period I was comfortably squating 160kg for 3 reps and 130kg for 8 reps.

 

2. Your Legs can take a lot More Punishment than you think

You would also think that a few injuries surfaced as I reached week 2. However a slight hamstring twinge that caused a minor level of discomfort was the only thing I faced.

People who train their legs once per week are seriously underestimating how much their lower bodies can take.

It’s easy to assume that legs are limited and you’ll be doing the same exercises day after day, but that’s not the case. After a couple of days training your favourite exercises you get creative and start searching for variations and new ways to train your legs.

 

3. The Testosterone Boost is Real

I felt more confident, more charged up and more powerful. Fatigued increased as I got closer to the final few days which is expected, but during the first 7 days I felt great.

 

4. Your Upper Body will experience Major Gains

People always talk about how legs provide a growth boost. I heard stories of people growing their upper bodies from adding extra leg days but it was hard to believe.

From my experience these beliefs are correct. My upper body got substantially larger. At first I thought it could be the placebo effect, but when 10 plus people complimented me on increased size it’s hard not to come to the same conclusion.

5. Your Upper Body needs a Break

Once I went back to my upper body training, I hit nothing but PB’s all week long with ease.

By training legs for two weeks and receiving the T boost plus allowing my upper body to recover and grow, I was able to increase my power and strength output enormously which broke through a previously annoying plateau.

6. I didn’t get Bored of Legs but rather the Opposite

You would assume after 2 weeks of training legs that you would get bored. In fact for me it was quite the opposite, I actually grew to love leg day couldn’t wait to get to the gym in the morning.

I think the buzz of seeing overall gains and focused gains in my legs was refreshing. Everything felt new again, especially when I was on forums and blogs looking for more exercises to do.

 

7. Our Glutes are Embarrassingly Weak and we’re not Aware

The glutes are the largest and strongest muscles in the body, or at least they’re meant to be.

Sitting in offices, in front of TV screens, in our cars and with pretty much every terrain being designed for ease of access, we very rarely use our glutes.

During my 2 week leg day sessions, I discovered this weakness. Now I’m not going to tell you that I completely transformed my glutes and now look like Kim Kardashian, but after just a few days of training glutes I could feel the difference in the way I walked and postured.

Glutes will certainly become a part of my weekly routines from now on, partly because of appearance, partly because of functionality, but also because I believe strengthening my glutes was a huge reason for my squat and overall lower body lifts increasing so rapidly.

We all know how important leg days are, we’re constantly being told to increase the number of leg days we should do per week.

Therefore when I injured my wrist during a 6 month bulk, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to focus on the lower half for a couple of weeks.

I set out to train my legs for 2 weeks until my wrist healed. Here are 7 things that happened…

 

1. Leg day Pain is simply a result of Weak Legs

The first thing I discovered after around 3 days, was that leg day pain goes pretty quickly when you jump straight back in and train them again. The fear of leg day where the pain lasts for days disappeared on day 2. 

The more I trained my legs the stronger they seemed to get which goes against everything most people would think. Not only that, but my lifts were getting heavier at a steady rate.

I didn’t realised how weak my legs were until I was forced to train them for 2 weeks. I was previously squating 130kg for 3 reps, by the end of the 2 week period I was comfortably squating 160kg for 3 reps and 130kg for 8 reps.

 

2. Your Legs can take a lot More Punishment than you think

You would also think that a few injuries surfaced as I reached week 2. However a slight hamstring twinge that caused a minor level of discomfort was the only thing I faced.

People who train their legs once per week are seriously underestimating how much their lower bodies can take.

It’s easy to assume that legs are limited and you’ll be doing the same exercises day after day, but that’s not the case. After a couple of days training your favourite exercises you get creative and start searching for variations and new ways to train your legs.

 

3. The Testosterone Boost is Real

I felt more confident, more charged up and more powerful. Fatigued increased as I got closer to the final few days which is expected, but during the first 7 days I felt great.

 

4. Your Upper Body will experience Major Gains

People always talk about how legs provide a growth boost. I heard stories of people growing their upper bodies from adding extra leg days but it was hard to believe.

From my experience these beliefs are correct. My upper body got substantially larger. At first I thought it could be the placebo effect, but when 10 plus people complimented me on increased size it’s hard not to come to the same conclusion.

5. Your Upper Body needs a Break

Once I went back to my upper body training, I hit nothing but PB’s all week long with ease.

By training legs for two weeks and receiving the T boost plus allowing my upper body to recover and grow, I was able to increase my power and strength output enormously which broke through a previously annoying plateau.

6. I didn’t get Bored of Legs but rather the Opposite

You would assume after 2 weeks of training legs that you would get bored. In fact for me it was quite the opposite, I actually grew to love leg day couldn’t wait to get to the gym in the morning.

I think the buzz of seeing overall gains and focused gains in my legs was refreshing. Everything felt new again, especially when I was on forums and blogs looking for more exercises to do.

 

7. Our Glutes are Embarrassingly Weak and we’re not Aware

The glutes are the largest and strongest muscles in the body, or at least they’re meant to be.

Sitting in offices, in front of TV screens, in our cars and with pretty much every terrain being designed for ease of access, we very rarely use our glutes.

During my 2 week leg day sessions, I discovered this weakness. Now I’m not going to tell you that I completely transformed my glutes and now look like Kim Kardashian, but after just a few days of training glutes I could feel the difference in the way I walked and postured.

Glutes will certainly become a part of my weekly routines from now on, partly because of appearance, partly because of functionality, but also because I believe strengthening my glutes was a huge reason for my squat and overall lower body lifts increasing so rapidly.