In bodybuilding, hard, wide-swept legs can draw the eye of the judges as well as the admiration of the crowd—but if your legs are not as strong as they appear, no one is the wiser. Hypertrophy protocols typically champion volume over pure strength, and rep totals over rep intensity. Olympic lifters, on the other hand, typically have legs that are just as strong and powerful as they look—training protocols center on power, speed and technique.

These 7 tips focus on growing bigger, wider legs through the perspective of someone who’s walked in both worlds.

Olympic weightlifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi

Olympic Weightlifting versus Powerlifting

Learn the pros and cons of each discipline.

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