Leg Workouts for Men: Crush Your Leg Day!

Written by: Stuart Carter,

Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

Written by: Stuart Carter,

Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

leg workouts for men

The legs are often overlooked but they're an essential part of any workout. With our leg workouts for men, you'll crush your leg day!

In this article, we're going to walk you through some of the most efficient leg workouts for men.

But we will also attempt to encourage you to work your legs more often!

The leg muscles are among the largest muscles in the body.

Their size and strength are important for a variety of reasons, which is why it's so unfortunate they're so overlooked.

Believe it or not, leg workouts are one of your most powerful tools.

A regular leg routine is easily one of the best things you can do to gain more strength, burn more calories, and improve your fitness.

Keep reading to get started with some amazing leg workouts for men!

Learn more about why leg day is so important.

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Why You Should Be Doing Leg Workouts

It stands to reason that if you want strong legs, you’re going to want to do the most efficient leg workouts for men.

Strengthening your legs is not the only purpose of a leg workout.

There are a variety of benefits, which is why everyone should be doing them more often.

Leg Workouts Help Maintain Your Nervous System

You may be surprised to learn that the latest research has linked neurological health with the signals sent to the brain by your leg muscles.

These signals to your brain are just as important as the signals your brain sends to your muscles!

The study specifically looked at the effect of reduced muscle mass on the nervous system and found that people who lost leg muscle mass also experienced a negative impact on their nervous system.

Leg Workouts Strengthen Your Core & Improve Balance

Virtually every leg strengthening exercise you can think of requires you to balance and support your own weight and usually the additional weight of a pair of dumbbells.

This means you aren't just building leg muscle, you’re also strengthening your core and improving balance.

In short, you’ll be better able to perform other exercises and be less likely to fall over.

Leg Workouts Help With Cardio

You may not think of leg exercises as cardio, but they are.

The fact is that the blood has to be pumped around your extremities faster than normal.

If the exercise gets your heart rate up, but you're still able to hold a conversation, then it’s a cardio exercise.

Most leg exercises fall into this category.

Learn about burning fat during cardio and the best types of cardio that you can do to lose weight.

Leg Workouts Promote Fat Loss

Your leg muscles are the biggest group of muscles in your body.

A compound exercise that involves multiple leg muscles will burn more calories than any other exercise.

In addition, your strengthened leg muscles will be larger and burn more calories at rest than they used to.

A pound of muscle burns approximately 5 times more calories than a pound of fat even when resting.

That has to count towards your weight loss goals.

Leg Workouts Reduce Lower Back Pain and Prevent Injuries

If you already suffer from lower back pain, then it is important to choose your leg exercises carefully.

Most exercises involve the back, which is why you need to do them properly in order to avoid injury.

If done correctly, you’ll strengthen your hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, and glutes, effectively reducing the risk of a back injury.

Leg Workouts Improve Your Looks

It’s important not to forget that well-defined legs look good.

This can make you more appealing to that special someone, but the crucial consequence is that you’ll feel better about yourself.

This will translate into greater self-confidence, which can transform your life as you achieve things that previously seemed impossible; all because you suddenly believe you can.

Yes, the right leg workouts for men are that powerful!

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How to Use Leg Workouts to Burn Fat and Build Muscle

Most people start doing leg exercises in order to build muscle.

Working your legs will help with this, but it will also burn extra fat.

The difference is at the resistance level.

Low resistance with high reps (bodyweight for 15-20 reps), will stimulate your body to burn more energy.

If you don’t have sufficient in your blood, then the fat in your fat cells will be converted to energy, helping you to lose weight.

High resistance with low reps (dumbbells for 6-8 reps), will focus more on muscle growth.

This is because your muscles will be pushed to their limits, tearing the microfibers.

As the fibers heal naturally, within a 24-48 hour window, your muscles will get larger and stronger.

A mixture of the two, doing different compound leg exercises on different days, will help you to build lean muscle while burning fat.

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Leg Workouts for Men That Really Work

They say talk is cheap. You’ve seen the benefits, but what you really need is some exercises to get you started.

Check out the following leg workouts for men and try the routines.

It will quickly make a difference in your strength, stamina, and self-confidence.

The Wall Sit

  • Stand approximately 1-2 feet from the wall, then slowly lower yourself into a seating position as though sitting on a chair.
  • Your hands should remain by your side during this, and your back should rest against the wall.
  • If it doesn't re-position your starting position, try again.
  • Your legs should be bent at 90° with your feet flat on the floor.
  • Hold for a count of 5, return to the starting position and then repeat.


  • Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, slowly lower yourself down by bending at the knees.
  • You need to keep your back straight but at a 35°-45° angle forwards; if you don’t you’ll fall over backward.
  • Hold for a count of 5 and then repeat.
  • To make these more challenging add some dumbbells.
  • Dumbbells are better than barbells for this as you’ll need to maintain balance, forcing you to engage your core.

Dumbbell Lunge

  • Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Move one leg forward, bending it 90° at the knee so that your thigh is parallel with the floor.
  • Your other leg goes behind you, also bent with the knee nearly touching the floor.
  • Hold for 2 seconds and then return to the starting position before repeating with the other leg; that’s one rep.
  • You should use the dumbbell that fits with your goals, lighter for fat burning, heavier for muscle building.


  • The deadlift is a fantastic exercise that works nearly all the muscles in your body; the key is to get your form right.
  • Place your barbell in front of your feet and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees, keeping your back straight but angled forward.
  • Grip the bar firmly, for safety you should grip one hand palm facing inwards and the other with palm outwards.
  • Lift pushing up through your legs until you are standing straight.
  • Your arms remain straight, and the barbell will be approximately waist height.
  • Hold for a moment then lower back to the floor.

Calf Raises

  • Stand on a step or the bottom stair in your house.
  • The rear half of your foot should be off the stair.
  • Slowly push yourself upwards onto tiptoes and then back down.
  • You may need to hold on to balance when you first do this.
  • If you wish you can go lower than your starting position and then return to the start point.

Goblet Squat

  • This is very similar to the standard squat.
  • Your feet start wider apart than a standard squat, and you’ll need a kettlebell or dumbbell which is held just below your head, in front of your chest, with both hands.
  • Lower yourself down as you would a normal squat.
  • Your elbows can briefly rest on your knees before you drive yourself back up to the starting position.

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Reverse Lunge

  • This is very similar to the dumbbell lunge previously described.
  • However, instead of driving your leg forward, you drive it backward, creating a 90° bend at the knee.
  • The difference is that both legs will be at a 90° degree angle.
  • Drive back through your front leg to bring yourself back into the starting position.
  • The real benefit is that you’re less likely to go too far and overbalance and you’re more closely mimicking daily activities, like walking and running.

Donkey Calf Raises

This is a step up from the standard calf raise.

You’ll definitely feel the burn with this exercise.

You can do donkey raises one of two ways:

  • Get a volunteer to sit on your back, or
  • Strap a weight to your waist with a belt, so that the weight hangs below your stomach.

The first option is preferable if you have a willing partner. If not, you’ll be stuck with number two.

You’ll need to stand on a step and complete the same moves as described in calf raises.

The real difference is the extra weight. It doesn’t matter how good you are at standing calf raises, you’ll feel the burn.


  • It’s best to do this with a cable machine in the gym or a resistance band.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and something for your hands to rest on.
  • Then attach the resistance band to one foot, and the other end should be secured in front of you with no slack.
  • Slowly lift your leg so that it is straight behind you; you’ll be fighting the resistance band to get it there.
  • Hold for a count of 2 and then return to the floor.
  • You can swap legs straight away or do your reps with one leg and then the other.

Glute Ham Raise

  • This is one that will really test your limits, but you’ll need a friend to help.
  • You'll also need a bench in which you can lie flat, with your feet tucked into place, preventing them from moving as you exercise.
  • If you don’t have a footplate, your friend will need to hold your feet in position.
  • It’s worth noting that the more room you have between your knees and the footpad the easier this exercise will be.
  • Now squeeze your glutes, hamstrings, and abs, forcing your body to bend at the waist and move into an upright position. It’s hard but worth it.

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Choose the Right Workout for Your Goals

The exact workout you choose will depend on what you are trying to achieve.

Here are some ideas to help you choose the right routine:

Hamstring Emphasis

  • Squats – 3 sets of 8-10 reps with maximum weight possible
  • Deadlifts – 4 sets of 8 reps with a 1-minute break between sets
  • Glute Ham Raise – 3 sets of 8-10 reps or until failure

Target Your Glutes

  • Dumbell squat – 4 sets of 8-10 reps with maximum weight possible
  • Reverse Lunge – 3 sets of 10-12 reps without rest
  • Kickback – 3 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Deadlift – 4 of 8-10 reps, the last rep should be nearly impossible for you

Starting Out Workout

  • Goblet squat – 4 sets of 10-12 reps with 1-minute rest between sets
  • Calf Raises – 3 sets of 15 reps with a 60-second rest between sets
  • Wall Sit – 3 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Donkey Calf Raises – 2 sets of 8-10 reps

Stuart Carter Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

Stuart gained his Diploma in Personal Training & Sports Medicine through Premier Global, back in 2001. In 2018, he completed his Level 1 Precision Nutrition qualification.

Throughout his career in Fitness, Stuart has trained hundreds of clients, worked in almost every position in the industry, and ran his own successful training studio.

After a hiatus away from the Fitness industry, working in Corporate Management and Finance, Stuart returned to what he loves… Fitness! This return led to a chance meeting with Dr. Balduzzi, and a place in the Fit Father Project team.

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Written by: Stuart Carter,

Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

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