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Muscle-Building Workout and Diet

JEFF: Jesse, what the hell are you doing? JESSE: I’m trying to take a selfie, man. But this lighting sucks. JEFF: Really? JESSE: Yeah! JEFF: Can I give it a try? JESSE: Yeah, go ahead. JEFF: It’s not the lighting. You’ve got to get in the gym and train. It’s leg day today, buddy. See you in there. What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, I stand here today with Freddy Mercury… JESSE: Bicycle, bicycle. JEFF: Actually, it’s Jesse. It’s Jesse. See, if you notice with that mustache – remember
I said I’d put him in every video here in November – here’s the deal though. He’s actually with me, not because of that,
but because we’re going to talk leg training today, and we’re going to talk hard gainer
legs. Jesse knows those pains, but more importantly,
so do I. you see, my whole life, even as I started to build muscle, my legs always trailed
behind. There are four major lessons I think any hard
gainer could benefit from that I want to cover here, today. So before we get started I do think it’s important
to look at the progress that Jesse has made to date, following the very same pieces of
advice I’m giving you today. You can see the legs, yes, they still need
some work, but they’ve come a long way. They’re a lot bigger than they were before
and we’re going to continue to use the things that I show you. But I want to get right to it because I know
you’re going to benefit from the things I have to share with you today. So the first thing you’re going to have to
do if you want to build bigger legs is, you’re going to have to squat. In doing so, you’re going to have to leave
your ego at the door. I promise you, you’re going to see better
results because of it. I know it can be self-conscious for people
to approach a squat rack, and not even have at least a 45 on the other end of the bar. But if you have to start with just the 25s,
then that’s where you have to start. Remember: everybody had to start somewhere. The key to bigger gains is taking that and
going through a full range of motion because a lot of people will do this. They’ll load up the bar because they don’t
want to look self-conscious in the gym, they don’t want to be self-conscious while they’re
squatting, so they’ll put that on, and you’ll see them do this. This is something you should probably be self-conscious
about because these quarter reps are not really doing anything to help you build bigger legs. What you want to do instead is, go through
a full range of motion – your full allowable range of motion. Jesse actually has the ability to go really
low here, and maintain proper form, and I even make him do some pause squats at the
bottom to assert that, yes, it’s his muscles that are in command of this weight, and they’re
being subjected to all of the squat. Doing quarter reps with heavier weight isn’t
going to cut it. Here is the equalizer. If you’re going to do this, go through a grueling
20 rep set. Do higher rep sets. That means, not where the 20th rep is hard,
but where 15 makes you feel like you want to quit. Then figure out a way to do 16, 17, 18, 19,
and 20. Even if you have to rest pause in the top
of the squat, allow the intensity of the set in the higher reps be the thing that stimulates
growth while you’re working on building up better form, and then progressively adding
more weights to the end of the bar. The next crucial skill you’re going to have
to learn – if you want to start doing the squat better – is to learn how to push through
your feet better. Guess where we learn to do that? The deadlift. We actually use the deadlift as the cornerstone
of our lifts here, as I’m helping Jesse to transition away from being the hard gainer,
by learning how to push more. Think about it. If you don’t know how to exert force into
the ground during a squat, how are you going to push all that force that’s down on your
shoulders, back up? You have to learn how to actively push. This is not a passive process. So with the deadlift, we actually use our
feet to drive through that first half of the range of motion. Instead of thinking about it as a pull exercise,
we think about it as a push to the level of the knee, and then at that point we pull through
the rest of the rep. You can see here, Jesse has been handling
some pretty good weight for his bodyweight. He’s actually almost touching 300lbs, and
he’s getting better at doing that, and that’s been transferring over to his squat. Now, if you look here at the deadlift again,
the reason why this thing works is because in that first range of motion here, to the
level of the knee, all Jesse is doing here is using the push of his legs. It’s a vertical leg press. And down. And then push through the legs again to the
knees. There, and down. Then of course, he’s doing his full reps on
the deadlift as well. All the way up. He drives through. So what I want you to do is, get better at
the deadlift. Learn how to push through there, and I promise
you, your squat is going to improve as well. You’re going to start adding those weights
to the end of the bar while still maintaining the proper form, and range of motion that
we’ve already covered. The next thing we don’t do enough of is
training in planes other than the sagittal plane. If you think about it, guys will do leg extensions. It’s in the sagittal plane. We’ll do squats; in the sagittal plane. We’ll do lunges, even, in the sagittal plane. But we can do lunges in a different way. The benefit here is relying on the fact that
there are more muscles than just your quads in your legs. You have a lot of muscle son the inside of
your leg. The adductors, you have abductors on the outside
of your leg, and we can hit all of them, all capable of building muscle, all capable of
growing, by doing more 3-dimensional work. What we do is the 3-dimensional lunge. So Jesse will grab the dumbbells, and he’ll
come forward. We’ve seen that before, but then he’ll go
into a side lunge. If you’re not side lunging you’re simply not
building your legs as big as you possibly can because you’re not working all the muscles
of your leg. Then you go back into a drop step lunge. Then you come back again and go through the
sequence. Sagittal plane, frontal plane here, and then
drop step transverse plane. So doing lunges, and doing exercises in more
than just the sagittal plane is going to give you another opportunity to start building
bigger legs. Not to mention the fact, a little bit more
athletically in the process. Finally, if I want to give Jesse a chance
to load up those legs in a safer way, or at least a less biomechanically demanding way,
I can do that while he’s working on building up his legs through the squat, and while he’s
working on his ability to push to the ground. That is with a Bulgarian split squat. You might be thinking to yourself “But that
seems like a technically challenging exercise.” It really isn’t when you compare it to the
squat. You actually have a lot of factors that are
eliminated here. The movement itself puts you in the right
position. If you’ve never felt what it feels like to
properly load your quads, do a Bulgarian split squat. You stay upright as much as you can, you drop
the leg straight down, and you can see proper, and perfect quad loading right here at the
bottom of the exercise. Not to mention the fact that if Jesse needs
to fail because he’s using heavier weight here, he simply just has to drop them. He has another benefit here, too. He can continue to rep out, and push through
failure to really, really push for a stimulus for more growth. So the fact of the matter is, you have options
that allow you to use heavier weights, and build your strength in a really direct way
while you transition to getting stronger in those other two exercises because we do know
that ultimately, the squat, and the deadlift are going to be the cornerstones of you being
able to build, and add more mass to those legs. So there you have it, guys. Our hard gainer leg edition in the books. If nothing else, you’ve got four tips now
– or at least a change of mindset – as you approach your workouts. Remember, everybody starts somewhere. I started somewhere. My legs have definitely improved. Jesse’s are improving as we watch. We all get a chance to watch it. I think you can do the same. In the meantime guys, if you’re looking for
a program that covers all the bases, and brings you from wherever you are right now, and takes
you to where you want to be; I’ll take you there step by step. Head to and get our ATHLEANX
training program. If you liked the video, leave your comments
and thumbs up below. Let me know what else you want me to cover
here, and let me know what else you want me to put Jesse in, and I’ll do my best. But I will tell you this: too many calls from
the FBI. He’s instantly been on the most wanted list. I don’t know what’s going on, but this mustache
is really getting us in trouble. So it’s going. No more mustache. Again, thanks for being a good sport, Jesse. All right, guys. I’ll see you soon.

100 thoughts on “Leg Workout Tips for Mass (SKINNY LEGS EDITION!)

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  2. I used to do heavy squats in my twenties. But now in my fifties, I have L5/S1 and L4/L5 herniated discs. What would you suggest?

  3. Anyone know of a proven diet/workout plan that one can do at home with little to know weights that will get rid of Man Boobs as well as toning the entire male body. I'm currently 5'9 240 and would like to be at 180.

  4. I feel like he alpha Maleing my nigga Mario don’t move when out his way every time he comes walking in between you

  5. I personally worry about doing squats due to degenerative disc disease in my neck and lower back, any feedback/advice from anyone would be great.

  6. If I am working out three times a week, how can I address all this volume of leg workout without overworking myself? Should I ditch the 10-8-6-15 program and increase my reps?

  7. Lmao @the end. Funny to see Jeff’s sense of humor and calling out the elephant in the room….the PEDO-STACHE

  8. I would never squat what i couldn't pick up and press over my head. I didnt have a squat rack. It helpped build a good base. And then i just cranked the rep count up. Intensity and good form complete reps

  9. I love these tips simple an concise n really learnin da fundamentals 💯 i hav dat prob but dis really helps thnx!

  10. I squat 315 lbs for 30 full reps and still only have 23.5 in legs. What the fuck? Explain that? Lol

  11. Number of sets, reps and sequence of these exercises would have been really helpful….right now i don't know where to start…!

  12. I do legs 3 times a week and im seeing a very small difference in the look. I'm 16 and can do heavy stuff like 110kg leg press for 12 reps 5 sets and 100kg squats for 6. I've looked into things and they said to get a comfortable weight and try sit down into the squat. Any tips?

  13. do you have a video of jessies before pics when he started with you and the current August 2019 Jessie? That would be cool to see.

  14. I used to skip leg day now its something i really wanna get into good legs on a guy are as attractive as arms to a female i would say

  15. My deadlift is very well for my weight but I’m not sure why my squat is so low. My body weight is 133 and my max deadlift is 385. My max squat is around 165…help 😂😂

  16. Jeff, I prefer bodyweight only exercises. Currently I'm doing Shrimp Squats (10 max per leg, resting 2min after each leg) followed by Archer Squats (Max 10, using pauses in the deepest portion, up to 5 seconds) and then finish with Short Bridges (on hands and feet hinging and pressing up through hips concentrating on glute activation. I'll typically do about 20s of muscle group specific mobility exercises during each rest period.
    Is this a good way to build my base strength?
    How can I turn this into mass gaining?
    Many thanks!

  17. First day: watch the video
    Second day: do all the exercises mentioned in the video
    Third day: skip leg day
    Fourth day: life goes on…..

  18. Form wise !I feel he should put his leg out a little more ..So his knee doesn't go past his toes.
    Thanks for sharing be blessed👍

  19. I am squatting 315 at full depth with good form, and deadlifting 375, I wieght 175 and feel my legs are still thin and lacking thickness compared to my upper body, any tips?

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