Following an intense debate I had earlier, we were discussing the impact of incorporating leg training within other muscle groups and its impact on leg hypertrophy.
For example, compared to the standard 5-day routine (split into legs, arms, back, chest and arms), what would be the impact on muscular growth in the legs if you adopted the following structure:
Monday - Chest
Tuesday - Hamstrings and Back (5 sets of Stiff leg deadlifts)
Thursday - Arms and Calves (5 sets consisting of standing and seated calf raises)
Friday -Quads (5 sets of squats only) and shoulders
The latter structure was advised by gym trainers with an increasing detestation towards having select 'leg days' and wanted to explore the benefits of incorporating the major muscle groups within upper body training days.
What would be the impact, in your opinion, to the growth of the legs by using this latter structure in contrast to the quintessential bodybuilding routine consisting of five days.
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- 14-02-2010 13:40
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- 14-02-2010 13:44
Honestly ... this is entirely theoretical and I won't hesitate to say that in the real world, it probably won't make any difference to anyone who isn't an advanced level bodybuilder.
Squats still hit the hamstrings too.
- 14-02-2010 13:59
you can do squats 3 times a week anyway plus deadlifts and calf raises....you definitely wont be overtraining...you're doing everything at least once dont see there being a problem
- 14-02-2010 14:24
Squats will work only ur quads if you're quarter squatting
Squat DEEP! work the posterior chain arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhLast edited by cowsforsale; 14-02-2010 at 14:42.
(Original post by cowsforsale)
- 14-02-2010 14:33
Squats will only work ur quads if you're quarter squatting
Squat DEEP! work the posterior chain arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
- 14-02-2010 14:49
I think don't splitting up legs would have a noticeable affect on muscle growth unless it allowed you to work the individual muscle groups harder.
I always thought about this because your legs take up a huge percentage of your muscle mass, it might make sense to split leg training over separate days. But I've always found it easier to have a dedicated leg day.
Anyway, posting questions like this on forums is pointless, you're just going to get lots of conflicting views. Only you can know/find out if something will work for you and that's by getting of your arse and trying it!
- 14-02-2010 16:13
To be honest, unless you're some sort of high level bodybuilder I don't see why you wouldn't try squatting two days a week (or 1 day heavy back squats, 1 day front squats, if you struggle with recovery/eat like a wuss).
The idea of going to the gym for 5 days in the week and working my legs on only one day sounds like a nightmare to me. I'm in the gym three days a week and I'm normally squatting twice a week and deadlifting once a week.