Time to break tradition and start training the right way!
1. Legs Are Your Biggest Muscle Group
Your glutes, quads, and hamstrings are the biggest muscles in your body. If you prioritize smaller muscles, you’ll have less strength to train your large ones. Heavy-compound lifting with exercises like squats and leg press activate the anabolic mechanism to optimise the muscle-building process.
Leg training instigates the release of testosterone and growth hormones more than other exercises. You’ve seen the bros with the big upper body and toothpick legs. It’s not a pretty sight — especially given all the hard work they put in. Train your larger muscles first and save the smaller muscles for later.
2. Greater Energy Stores
Coming off the weekend, you’ll have a lot more energy hitting the gym on Monday. Most people enjoy a relaxing weekend. You’ve let your muscles rest and you probably enjoyed a large cheat meal on Sunday or Saturday evening. Time to put the surplus calories and energy to good use!
Squats are arguably one of the most mentally and physically difficult exercises. Do yourself a favor and hit your legs hard on Monday. You’ll find the extra energy goes a long way in helping you go strong throughout the entire workout.
3. You Haven’t Exhausted Supporting Muscles
Leg exercises don’t only engage your leg muscles. When you squat, you use your arms to squeeze the bar tightly, while you also use your core and lower back muscles to stabilize your spine and support the weight.
Working your legs on Monday will give you additional strength from your supporting muscles. If you train legs during the week after heavy bench press, deadlifts, and resistance ab workouts, you’ll lack the strength to give your legs 100%.