Leg Exercises

Build Bigger, Stronger Quads

Drop a quadruple whammy on your thighs with this brutal leg workout.

Build Bigger, Stronger Quads

Do you want big wheels? No, not the yellow plastic three-wheel roadster you tore around the neighborhood on as a kid. We mean legs. Legs like tree trunks. Legs so big they rub together when you walk. Okay, that may be a little much, but you get the picture.

Well, brother, those type of big wheels come from a large-scale effort in the gym. You need to walk boldly past the wimps who think a leg workout consists of two sets of extensions, followed by two sets of lying curls — and walk very, very fast past the guy on the glute blaster — into the dusty, lonely corner where the heavy-duty power racks and plate-loaded thigh machines reside.

There, you'll start with five sets of good old-fashioned barbell squats: One light set of 15 reps as a warm-up, then increasing the weight for sets of 12, 10, eight and six repetitions. Follow that with the first exercise outlined here, one-legged hacks (you'll know you're doing them correctly if you find yourself holding back the upchuck on the last searing reps). Next, a bench step-up — pick the heaviest dumbbells you can handle without blowing your form — and finish with a leg extension variation guaranteed to bring on a nasty-ass muscle burn.

Done? Nice. Now, if you still have it, jump on your old-school Big Wheel and pedal on home, big man.

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