Brad Rowe

Bodybuilder-Turned-Yogi Brad Rowe on Why You Should Never Skip Leg Day

Vinyasa on the yoga mat or beast-mode on the squat rack? Brad Rowe breezes both practices. Caution: this lower-body routine will cause some serious leg envy!

These days, you’re just as likely to catch him in a downward dog at a yoga class, as squatting a phenomenal weight on the squat rack. Despite his new found passion for vinyasa, it’s clear that bodybuilding icon Brad Rowe hasn’t lost his appetite for a beast-mode and never skips a leg day session. 

 Brad grew up in the small coastal town of Seabrook, NH. As an only child raised by a single mom, he found playing sports filled a gap in his life and kept him busy. At the age of 13, Brad’s cousin ‘dragged’ him into the gym, and so began a lifelong relationship with bodybuilding.

“I was like the circus act, because from day one I was stronger than most of the young adults,” recalls Brad. “I had no idea about the bodybuilding world, and it certainly wasn’t a dream of mine to become a fitness model, but a profile pic I posted on MySpace led to an agency making contact and, well, I suddenly found myself living in LA and competing at the Olympia.

“I landed a ton of magazine covers and enjoyed a successful run at commercial acting. I went on to build my personal training business, and now work with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.”

In 2020, Mark retired from bodybuilding and shifted his focus to health and wellness, but he’s still not shy of the weights room. 

We’re not greedy, but we love huge legs and flexibility combined, so here’s Brad’s leg routine when he does hit the gym for a spot of heavy lifting.


1. The Warm-Up

muscular man doing leg workout

4 sets of 12-15 reps

Brad Rowe starts with an isolated movement like leg extensions or leg curls to pre-fatigue the muscles. This ensures the muscles are fully activated to preserve the joints and tendons during the heavier movements.


man in gym does leg presses in the gym

3 sets of 10-12 reps

Packs power and size onto your thighs!


Brad Rowe doing squats

3 sets of 10-12 reps

The barbell squat is the meat and potatoes of leg development. Squats were the foundation of my training from a very young age. 2x a week I would do 10-15 sets of heavy squats. Not everyone is built to squat, however. Limb and torso length and mobility can make squatting a very useless and damaging activity for some.



3 sets of 12-15 reps

If you want to really bug the hamstrings, a heavy RDL is the go-to movement! On the other hand, the hamstring hyperextension is a hugely underrated hamstring exercise. You can use a spotter or a bar to help you through the range of motion.


twisted single-leg presses

Twisted or straight single-leg press

3 sets of 12-15 reps

Next Brad Rowe does twisted single-leg presses. They are great for focusing on the sweep, as well as providing more glute activation than a traditional leg press. The straight single-leg press is great for overcoming imbalances. Unilateral movement helps to activate those small stabilizer muscles. This foot position is a great quad exercise, especially for developing the quad sweep.


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