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Why You’ll Struggle if You Don’t Have Strong Legs

The Fit Rebel All Calisthenics Posts 4 Comments

To put it simply, strong legs are essential. If you don’t have them you’re process towards any fitness goal will suffer greatly.

Listen in and check out why strong legs improve everything from sports performance to fat loss and why you’re sunk if you don’t train your legs.

Also check out why most leg training methods drastically fall short of optimal let training.



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  1. Laurie Mackeson


    This month I have started my ‘Stronger Legs’ Month program. The schedule is 30, 60, 90 sec intervals of Still and Moving Squats, Lunges, Jogging on the Spot and side shuffles.

    Generally speaking I will complete each activity for the same amount of time in each circuit OR push myself to the designated maximum for each exercise in the cycle. The aim is to up to my maximum desired fatigue levels for as long as I can by changing the intensity/duration of each movement- the jog on the spot is a built in rest period in the circuit. These workouts typically last 15-25mins (depending on available time and energy levels) and may/may not include some upper body routines in between circuits. Total time 30-40mins once a day each day.

    I am already feeling the results after 1 week. Any advice/suggestions you can offer (as I sit high on my throne) would be appreciated.

    Laurie ‘Legs of Steel’ Mackeson

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      You’re off to a great start there legs of steel 😉

      Be sure you’re recording you personal best in your Score Board. I like the leg work with you moving from side to side. Try also sprinting up some stairs or some balancing calf work to round out the program nicely.

  2. Laurie Mackeson

    Matt – Thanks for the feedback. Apologies (in advance) for any confusion in this response 🙂

    I am looking to get (back) into some stair based activities soon. I am getting a little more soreness around the lower thigh/above my knee-bone area than I predicted when I do certain movements.

    In terms of restrictiveness, I find I can do many things (running downhill, moving up stairs) but (at this stage) I can’t do them with the intensity to justify the time. But in saying that, I am sure I could try some ‘light’ stair work on a light day.

    Since all other aspects of my recovery (1.5yrs at the end of Jan) are going well I will just presume that resting myself from activities which cause pain is the best/most simple approach. I still feel awesome because of all the things I can do. The few things I can’t do (even if I could never do them) aren’t too much of a bother.

    In regards to the ‘calf raises’. I don’t have too many problems with my calves during daily life and those times I undertake more intense physical activity BUT I will look to put some calf raises into my warm-up/down portion of my workouts and see how that works for me.

    Laurie ‘How Strong Do Legs Need To Be’ Mackeson

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      You’ve had some pretty major surgery on that knee of you’re Laurie. It takes time for the knee to get 100% back to normal. I had some knee issues and it took at least a few years until I felt they were fully resolved. A buddy of mine blew out his ACL. it was a good 2 years until he could go hiking again here in VT.

      Patience my friend. Do what you can with what you have.

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