The king of all bodybuilding exercises is the squat. There is no denying that. They increase overall strength and are performed by people of all levels who are pursuing a variety of goals. When it comes to 'Leg Day,' it's a guarantee that you'll start with a large number of squats. But is it possible to achieve the same lower-body outcomes without squatting?
The answer is yes, and the reasons for this may surprise you.
To begin with, squats are unquestionably the most effective approach to develop a powerful set of wheels. It would be dishonest and inaccurate to try to say otherwise. However, there are instances even when practicing squats properly is counterproductive. Especially if it may result in you missing crucial gym time due to an injury or prolonged soreness.
When you squat, your entire body is put to the test, and your knees and lower back are put under a lot of strain. Wraps and a belt can help, but they won't avoid an injury entirely. It's not simply a question of faulty form; even when doing a repetition correctly, you can blow a knee out. Incorrect form, on the other hand, is frequently the source of persistent lower back pain.
Squats may be an exercise you want to stop doing for whatever reason, but you still want your quads to be symmetrical with the rest of your body. This is doable, but you'll have to be a little inventive to accomplish so. Here are some ideas for you to take to the gym the next time you have a leg workout scheduled:
#1 Leg Extensions
Although this is more of a detail exercise than a bulk builder, it should always be included in your leg routine due to its efficiency. Extensions will help you achieve that teardrop shape that every bodybuilder desires, and you can work your legs hard by locking out your knees and pausing for a second or two at the top of each set.
#2 Leg Press
To achieve a very deep stretch, use either the 45-degree or old-school 90-degree variety, and this is an exercise where you can put up some hefty weight for general strength and power. Take a shoulder-width posture with your feet on the platform and lower it until your upper and lower legs make a 90-degree angle at your knees. Push it back up and come to a complete stop just before locking your knees out and starting the next rep.