Why you shouldn't skip leg day

The secret benefits of lower body strength training that will change how you tackle leg day.

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Leg day - two words that can either elicit excitement or dread among gym-goers. For some, it's the pinnacle of their workout routine, a chance to push their bodies to the limit and build powerful, sculpted legs. For others, it's a day they'd rather skip, opting for upper body workouts instead. But here's the truth: neglecting lower body training can have far-reaching consequences. Here, we delve into why you shouldn't skip leg day and its crucial role in building foundational strength, power, stability, and core strength. 

Boost your everyday activities 

It goes without saying – your lower body is the foundation of your body. It supports you in every movement you make, from walking and sitting to jumping and lifting weights. Neglecting leg day means neglecting a significant portion of your body's muscle mass. By consistently training your lower body, you build a strong foundation that supports your entire body during other workouts and daily activities. 

Develop joint-protecting power 

Whether you're an athlete looking to improve your performance or someone who simply wants to enhance their overall strength, lower body exercises are essential for building the muscle that protects our joints and powers our movement. Plyometric exercises like jump squats and box jumps, as well as traditional strength exercises like hip thrusts, leg presses and calf raises help to strengthen muscle and develop explosive power in your lower body. This power translates to better athletic performance, increased speed, and improved agility, as well as better protection of vulnerable joints like the knees, hips and ankles. 

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Find your balance 

Stability is often overlooked, but is crucial for overall health and injury prevention. Your lower body plays a vital role in maintaining balance and stability, especially during activities that require coordination and control. Leg day exercises targeting stabilising muscles like the glutes, hamstrings, and hip abductors, help improve balance and reduce the risk of falls and injuries, both in and out of the gym. 

Build abs that last 

Contrary to popular belief, lower body training isn't just about building bigger quads or toned calves; it also contributes to core strength and helps craft sculpted abs. Many leg exercises engage the core muscles to stabilise the spine and pelvis, such as squats, lunges, and hip thrusts. In particular, during the hip thrust exercise, you’re essentially lifting your hips up while keeping your torso in a straight line. This requires significant core engagement to prevent arching of the lower back.

With the world’s first smart hip thrust machine, EGYM is making this all-rounder strength exercise simpler and more effective than ever before, helping you to boost your lower body power, core strength and posture. 

In short 

Skipping leg day might seem tempting, but neglecting your lower body can have significant repercussions on your overall strength, power, stability, and core strength. Incorporating lower body exercises, like the hip thrust, into your workout routine not only helps build stronger, more muscular legs but also enhances your performance in other activities and reduces the risk of injuries. Thanks to the world’s first smart hip thrust machine, EGYM are taking another step in revolutionising lower body training and helping users of all abilities build power, foundational strength and overall lower body strength.

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