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Leg Results
Leg Results
1/22/13 9:52 AM
I've been doing P90X religiously and am getting good results except with my legs. I've even modified the program on my 2nd run-through to perform the Legs & Back video 2x/week, but I still don't see meaningful results.

Any suggestions? Do I need to do heavy free-weight squats at a gym? Other?

Thx.
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RE: Leg Results
1/22/13 12:07 PM as a reply to moonmullins.
If you're looking to build significant muslce in your legs, you may have to take a different approach. For some people Legs/Back from P90X is enough, but for some (like myself), it isn't.

I'd say you may want to substitute a heavy squat & deadlift workout for Legs/Back if leg musclese are important to you.

Try 4 sets of squats in reverse pyramid fashion.

First set should be heavy, aiming for 4 reps.
Drop the weight a bit on set 2, and aim for 6 reps.
Drop the weight again, and aim for 8 reps on set 3.
Again, drop the weight, and aim for 10 reps on set 4.

Then move on to deadlifts for 4 sets in the same fashion.

If you want to, throw in 4 sets of pull-ups once you're done with that and call it a day.

That's what I did, and it's worked pretty well.

Hope that helps.
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RE: Leg Results
1/22/13 10:32 PM as a reply to TheBandit27.
Ok, thanks, good advice.

I should add that I've modified the legs workout a little ... instead of the 3-directional kick I do squats. But I'm probably not doing enough squats, and I'm not doing any dead lifts, so I think your approach may be better.
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RE: Leg Results
1/23/13 2:25 PM as a reply to moonmullins.
moonmullins:
Ok, thanks, good advice.

I should add that I've modified the legs workout a little ... instead of the 3-directional kick I do squats. But I'm probably not doing enough squats, and I'm not doing any dead lifts, so I think your approach may be better.


Heavy squats? Work up to 250-300 lbs on a bar and you will see results. Body weight squats build endurance, not mass unless you do buttloads of them every day.

Squats 5x5
DL 1x5
Split squats 3x10
leg extensions 3x8
Romanian deadlifts 3x8
Calf raises 3x12

or some combo thereof....

And don't do squats wrong. Spend some time with lower weights to get form correct and take vids of your squats to monitor for errors!

And do compounds first. Don't do a bunch of superskaters and stuff, then squats. Squats first.
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RE: Leg Results
1/23/13 11:20 PM as a reply to Turbodoc.
This advice makes a lot of sense. No, I'm not currently doing heavy weights, so that's an adjustment I'll need to make.

I also like the other suggestions, great advice, thanks.
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