More often than not, I get a lot of clients who come to me with specific goals aimed towards reducing body fat in their midsection, building bigger/more defined arms and losing their love handles.

These goals have nothing to do with their lower body, so why do I still program them to train legs?

There are a few MAJOR reasons to workout your legs, but here are my top four:

1. You get a higher caloric burn by training legs. The legs are a HUGE muscle group which means the body has to use more energy when you train them thus increasing your overall calorie burn for the day and increase metabolism in the long run.

2. You’ll build more muscle. Building more muscle in general throughout the body will help raise your total daily caloric expenditure and metabolism which will help with getting you more lean overall in the long run.

3. You’re body will look symmetrical and you’ll look better naked. There’s nothing worse than a jacked upper body and skinny little chicken legs.

4. You’ll be less likely to get injured. What happens when the body is really strong in the upper half and weak in the lower? There is almost always a breakdown somewhere in the kinetic chain. In order to avoid injuries and keep you healthy, it’s important to work legs, even if it’s one day a week!

Ready to workout your legs? HERE is a snippet of some of my favorite moves from a typical leg day workout of mine:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Sumo Deads 4x6-8⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

B-stance RDL 3x10e⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Bulgarian split squats 3x10e⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Alternating KB swings 3x15⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Box Jumps 3x10 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Try this workout the next time you are supposed to do legs or throw in 1-2 moves from here into your own lower body workout. Let me know how it goes.