Written by Monty Rogers
14 January 2008

Before I get started into my leg routine I like to ride the bike for 10 minutes to get my knees and joints ready for up and coming leg blast. After the warm up I head directly over to the leg extension or squat rack depending on how my knees feel. If they feel good like they did today its directly over to Squat (the king of all exercises). I always start with just the bar to get the feeling of the movement and do 15 reps slow and controlled. Once I am done with some stretching Ill throw on 135lbs and hit that for two sets of 10 to 15 reps. During this set I am feeling out my depth during the exercise always aiming for parallel or below. I feel anyone doing half a squat is only building half a leg. You must go deep to hit your glutes quads and hamstrings if you ever want to build the complete set of wheels. Ill then hit 225 for a set of 10 to 15 feel it out and on to 315 for 10 to 15. Now the fun begins. Ill start counting sets at 405 and go for 10 to 15. This first set really pumps my quads and glutes. Then Ill toss on 455 lbs and go for two heavy sets of 5 to eight. Depending on the week Ill either do Hack squats next or Leg press. I like to switch it up every week. Today it was Leg press. I will do three to four set as heavy as I can for 10 to 15 reps switching up my foot position every set. Toes pointed straight or slightly outward. I need some sweep so I am trying everything to build it into my quad. This exercise also hits my glutes and hams and really keeps the them burning. Next up it time to lunge, I hate these more than anything, but it is a must if you want the shredded glutes. I prefer the barbell but due to the all the people in my gym I have to use the dumbbells. Form is crucial here! Knee behind toe and all the way down until your other knee touches the ground. I feel walking lunges are the more effective movement compared to others. To finish my quads I will stumble over to the leg extension machine and hit three sets of 15 . I do not go that heavy on these and instead focus on the contraction. Done correctly you should not have to go that heavy to really burn them out. Now its time to finish off the Hams.. Lying legs curls are up next three to four sets of 10 to 15 reps. I like to think of this movement like a bicep curl for the hamstring. Peak contraction is key here. To finish the workout I will hit stiff leg dead lifts with the Dumbbells of barbells. Today it was barbells. I go for a full stretch and the whole time I am squeezing my glutes. Three sets of 12 to 15 reps and then I am off to find the nearest bench to sit down on and think threw what I just did to myself. I am now fourteen weeks out from the Emerald Cup in Seattle,Wa and am hoping I am leaving nothing behind for my completion to pick up. The last thing I want is to think someone is out training me on any exercise!




Squats = 6 sets 4 working sets. 5 to 15 reps
one drop set 10 to 15 reps
Leg Press
= 3 to 4 working sets 10 to 15 reps
lunges= 3 sets 10 to 15 reps
Leg extension
= 3 to 4 sets 15 reps
Leg curls= 3 to 4 sets 10 to 15 reps
stiff leg dead lift- 3 sets 12 to 15 reps