The lower body has many of the largest muscle groups in the body. However, despite the prevalence of bodybuilding exercises designed to target these group, these muscles are usually the most ignored. However, ignore muscle building for your lower body at your own risk. These muscles can produce huge gains, packing on muscle, finishing out your physique and helping your entire body with muscle building. Take a look at these great bodybuilding exercises to use for your lower body, and start getting to work today.
First, it’s important to understand why using these bodybuilding exercises is so important for your fitness goals. Your upper legs, including your quadriceps, hamstrings and even your glutes are among the largest muscle groups in the body. When you work out the largest muscle groups that you have, not only do you have the opportunity to directly build a great deal of muscle mass, but you also have the opportunity to help all other muscles that you have.
That’s because muscle building is very much regulated by hormones within the body. The most important muscle building hormone is testosterone and when you work out larger muscle groups, more testosterone gets released. Therefore, by paying attention to your larger muscle groups, you secondarily are helping every muscle in your body by releasing more testosterone into the blood to assist with the results you see from bodybuilding exercises.
Now onto the exercises themselves, one of the most classic bodybuilding exercises of all time is the squat. To this day it is still viewed as despite the single most effective muscle builder of any exercise that you can perform. It will target all of the important lower body muscle groups that you have, and you will see amazing gains.
To perform a squat, position yourself under a bar at shoulder level and begin lowering your body all the way until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Your butt should be about a foot off the ground. Make sure to look straight ahead, and keep your back straight. Do not bend forward or arch your back at all. Push yourself to the top position and repeat the process again for a great lower body muscle building exercise.
The second one of the bodybuilding exercises that you should include for your lower body is the deadlift. In addition to targeting your legs and glutes, you also will be working your core, lower back and arms. Stand in front of a barbell resting on the floor, bend down at your knees to grab the bar and stand straight up by driving your feet into the ground, and lifting the weight with your legs. Continue raising the weight until you’re vertical and slowly lower the weight, being careful not to bend your back.
By including these two bodybuilding exercises into your routine, you will be guaranteed to make serious progress. You’ll blast through plateaus for your entire body by stimulating muscle growth through the release of testosterone, as well as building up your supporting muscles in your core. Plus, the muscles in your lower body will be rock solid, and will eventually catch up to rest of your frame.