10 Best Muscle-Building Leg Exercises

Original Article : 10 Best Muscle-Building Leg Exercises
by : Parker Hyde
From : bodybuilding.com

What separates a good leg exercise from a great one? Check out our top picks for leg day!

As much as you may have wanted to see them here, leg extensions and curls didn’t make the cut for this list of the 10 best leg exercises. In fact, while they can be useful toward the end of your workout, they probably aren’t even among the top 20, because single-joint moves just don’t deliver much bang for your training buck.

Across the board, multijoint leg exercises top this list. In addition to recruiting more muscle mass into the movement, multijoint exercises generate greater release of the muscle-building hormones testosterone and growth hormone. The amount of muscle called into play is critical on leg day because there are so many large muscle groups involved


the glutes (three muscles), quads (four muscles), hamstrings (three muscles), and calves (two muscles). And that list doesn’t even include stabilizer muscles that are also recruited into many multijoint movements!

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