Man doing leg workout day

The Big Winter Leg Bulk

Take your legs to the next level with this high volume, high intensity two-day leg workout that will have every last muscle fiber screaming growth!

DAY ONE: Hamstring and Calf-focused

Walking Lunges  10 x 3 (on each leg)

Bodybuilder does barbell walking lunges

Keep your body upright and core engaged throughout the movement. Don’t overextend your leg when you lunge forward, which could cause your back to arch.

Seated Calf Raise  3 x 20

Seated calf raises

Limit momentum and pause at the top of the movement. Try to move through the ball of the foot rather than the base of the toes.

Standing Calf Raise  3 x 15

Huge calves from doing standing calf raises

An essential move for your leg workout day. Lift as high as you can onto your toes and lower your heels down as much as your ankle flexibility allows. Push evenly through the entire width of your foot. Avoid pushing off from your big toe or the outside edges of your feet.

Stiff Legged Deadlift  3 x 12

Stiff legged deadlift

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a barbell with an overhand grip. Your knees should be slightly bent and the aim is to maintain this slight degree of flex throughout the movement. Bend at your hips and lower the barbell, keeping your back straight. Lower until you feel the stretch in your hamstrings and glutes, then slowly straighten back up. Keep the bar close to your body throughout and avoid jerky movements.

Lying Leg Curl  3×15

Man performs lying leg curls in the gym

Exhale and flex your knees, pulling your ankles as close to your buttocks as you can. Keep your hips firmly on the bench. Hold briefly, then inhale as you return your feet to the starting position.

Standing Leg Curl  3 x 12

Man does standing leg curls

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on the arm rest for balance. Slowly bend your knee, bringing your heel up towards your butt. Keep your thighs parallel.

DAY TWO: Quad-focused

Zercher Squat  4 x 6-8

Zercher squat technique

Place a barbell in the crease of the elbow, keeping your feet slightly wider than you would for a back squat. Squat deep and keep your torso upright. Elbows should fall on the inside of the knees.

Walking Lunges  4 x 10 (on each leg)

Bodybuilder does dumbbell lunges

Keep your body upright throughout the movement and your core engaged. Don’t overextend your leg when you lunge forward, as this can cause the back to arch.

Front Squat with Dumbbell  4 x 10-12

Front dumbbell squats

Hold the dumbbell in front of your chest and keep your feet shoulder-width apart with your toes facing forward. Squat as deep as you can, keeping your torso upright and core tight.

Back Squat  4 x 6-8

barbell back squats

Push your hips back behind you, keeping your knees over your ankles. Your shins should stay vertical and ankles should move very little. Keep your lower back neutral and maintain a constant width between your knees.

Leg Extension  3 x 15-20

Man does leg extensions

Extend your legs to the maximum, exhaling as you do so. Pause for a second during the contraction. Lower the weight back to the original position as you inhale. Make sure your legs don’t surpass a 90-degree angle.

Leg Press  3 x 15-20

Muscular man doing leg press

Position your feet shoulder-width apart. Push through your heels, keeping your knees lined up over your toes. Extend the legs, but avoid locking the knees.

Photography: Simon Howard |


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