It’s the day you’ve all been waiting for! Chris’ blog debut!
Chris has been my training guinea pig since I first began my NASM certification. He’s pretty much up for anything, which is awesome. I’ve made him do some really weird things and lately I’ve been obsessed with increasing his abductor strength (read: butt strength)…which includes all kinds of weird things. As a former athlete, he was definitely hesitant to take lifting advice from me, a chick half his size with a history of eating disorders. However, I think I’ve finally convinced him that a little junk in the trunk will do wonders for the rest of his body (increase stability, strengthen knees and hips, decrease lower back pain, etc). So without further ado, here is the leg workout I forced Chris to do most recently. For extra bonus, our bestie Mike showed up for a 5 AM torture sesh at Gymit! Feast your eyes on these two pieces of man meat:
We completed 3 complete rounds, then finished up with a drop set for speed. A drop set is when you drop your weight (hence the name) to about half your original weight and complete the exercises either until failure or for speed. We did one complete circuit as fast as possible with low weight to really exhaust those tushies!
I designed this leg workout to use a single barbell for the entire circuit and focus on compound movements. This means that each exercise utilized several muscle groups, specifically quads, hamstrings, glutes and abs. Remember to engage those abs during these exercises!
On another note, I’ve been trying to reach out to other Boston based fitness bloggers. During my most recent Google search I stumbled upon fitarella.com. Turns out the author of that site, Jacqueline Carly, trains at my gym! Old me would have been way too embarrassed to contact her, but new me figured…why not? So I sent her a quick email to introduce myself and guess what?! She knew who I was too! Sometimes all it takes and one person noticing you to all of a sudden feel completely validated for what you’re doing. Such a nice feeling! I even introduced myself in real.
Get after it, kids!