Wise Lifts: Leg Day

My 5-Day Lifting Program (Beginner/Intermediate)

This routine focuses on compound weight lifting in the 4-6 rep range. The 8-10 or 10-12 rep ranges are also effective. It was inspired by Mike Matthews’ Bigger, Leaner, Stronger program. The key is to train with enough intensity to force muscle breakdown in order to promote strength gain. Every workout, I record each rep and try to beat my previous performance. The goal is more weight on the bar or more reps with the same weight. By consistently making progress and properly fueling yourself, you will continue to improve body composition and strength. I love these heavy lifting workouts so much because in a way they’re actually pretty laid back. Push yourself as hard as you can for each set, then take 2-3 mins to rest in between. During that time, I’ll read, write, do some homework, some core exercises, or listen to a podcast. Working out is never a chore when you’re doing something that motivates you and makes you feel great.

Here is how the week looks:

Monday: Chest
Tuesday: Back
Wednesday: Shoulders
Thursday: Legs
Friday: Chest/Arms
Saturday: HIIT, Abs, Active Recovery, Walking, Bicycling, Foam Rolling, etc.
Sunday: Rest, Walking, Biking, Stretching, Active Recovery

Thursday – Legs WATCH VIDEO

Warm-Up: Barbell Squat
135lbs     1 x 12 Reps
135lbs      1 x 10 Reps
205lbs    1 x 4 Reps
245lbs    1 x 1 Rep

Barbell Squat (3 Sets x 4-6 Reps)                                                    265lb – 5,5,5
Barbell Lunge (3 Sets x 4-6 Reps)                                                   155lb – 8,7,7
Front Squat  (3 Sets x 4-6 Reps)                                                       55lb –  6,7,8
Squat Rack Calf Raises (3 Sets x 10-12 Reps)                                295lb – 26,31,30

My Favorite Alternate Leg Exercises
Dumbbell Lunges
Spit Squats
Hack Squat
Leg Press
Romanian Deadlift
Goblet Squat

To see the rest of the workouts in this series, go to Wise-Eats.com/Workout

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