Are you tired of walking around with chicken legs, making it look like you always skip leg day? Nobody wants that. Having a strong, thick upper body supported by a couple little twigs below your waist is not a good look on anybody.
If you’re looking to fill out your jeans a little more, I wrote a previous post about how to grow your calf muscles. In this post, I’ll tackle the upper half of the legs and fill you in with some exercises that provide a killer workout for your quads (thigh muscles). Say goodbye to those twigs and start building some tree trunk legs now!
Exercises for Thicker, Stronger Thighs
All of the exercises below can be worked into your existing leg workout, or they can be combined together to form one leg routine that should be done a couple times per week (don’t do it on back to back days). As for the amount of weight to use, a good rule of thumb is that if you can bang out 20 reps with ease, add more weight. If you are unable to perform the exercise with proper form, drop the weight down. There’s a nice middle ground in there for everybody.
Along with deadlifts, squats are one of the granddaddy’s of all exercises. It is a compound exercise meaning that it recruits multiple joints and muscle groups to perform. It is a great total body workout but really engages the legs better than any other movement. If you want some thick thighs, you absolutely must add this to your routine if you haven’t already. It’s also great for building a nice butt!
I already mentioned this one earlier when I talked about squats, and the same philosophy applies here. It is a compound movement that will engage a lot of your body’s biggest muscles, including the back muscles. It is a killer workout for your legs, so be sure to not skip this one! As always, make sure to keep proper form. Don’t use too much weight so you don’t risk injury to your back especially. The video below shows you how to do this lift properly.
I talked about lunges in another post about strengthening your hip flexors, but they are also a great way to add some girth to your thighs as well. Grab a weight that is heavy enough to create resistance, but not so much that you can’t grip the dumbbells long enough or are unable to hold in the lowered position for more than 10 seconds or so. Check out the video below if you are unfamiliar with lunges. Do a few sets of these and you’ll really be feeling it!
Other Leg Exercises
The list doesn’t stop there, but those are the biggest ones that I always incorporate into my week. In addition, you can work in some plyometric box jumps, wall sits, stationary bikes and stair climbers, and weighted box step-ups to throw different looks at your leg muscles.
If you like these exercises and are looking for a complete guide to gaining size, I highly recommend checking out this workout program from Jim Stoppani called Shortcut to Size. It is so comprehensive and easy to follow. You’ll be on your way to muscle mass in no time!
To help you reach your goals, don’t forget about nutrition. Add a testosterone booster like this one to make sure you are getting your muscles the nutrients and hormones they need!