Leg Growth Workout - 3 Week Cycle

Destroy your leg muscles with this 3 week cycle leg growth workout! This workout is not for the faint hearted, Be prepared to train your legs hard! Workout includes squats.

Workout Summary

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Workout Description

If you are serious about putting size on your legs, this 3 week cycling leg workout is for you. This leg workout combines heavy and controlled lifting with shocking techniques like drop sets and supersets to stimulate muscle growth.

We're going to be moving serious weights with this workout, so minimum of 10 mins warmup is required. Power walking or light jogging is fine. Plus about 50 bodyweight squats and stretching of quads, glutes and hamstrings.

Weekly workout schedule:

Week 1 - Heavy Week
Heavy Week
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat (heavy pyramid set) 6 15, 12, 10, 8, 10, 15
Increase the weight on each set until you peak at 8 reps, 4th set. If you want to go heaver you could do 6 reps for that set. You do not need to squat down too low, just above horizontal is fine. We don't want to hit the glutes to much.
Exercise Sets Reps
Stiff Leg Deadlift 4 12
Really want to focus on stretch and contraction with these, not weight. If you're not feeling the stretch on the hamstrings on the way down and at the bottom you're not doing them right. Keep rep timing slow, 3-1-2 should be about right.
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg press/leg extension superset 4 8 press / 12 extension
Again, we're going heavy on the leg press here, maximum 8 reps. Straight on to the leg extension after the set for 12 reps. Weight is not as important here. Make sure you squeeze at the top for a count of 3 seconds.
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg curl 4 8
Heavy again with leg curls. Heavy, but controlled. You should still be able to manage the weight. Use 2-1-2 rep timing.
Week 2 - Quad Week
Quad Week
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat / Lunges / Leg Extension Tri-Set 5 10 sq, 6 lun, 15 ext
We're working with less weight on squats this week, but killing the quads with this tri-set! 10 reps squatting, slow and controlled. Followed by 6 reps on each leg dumbbell lunges. Followed by 15 reps on the leg extension with very light weight and 4-2-4 rep timing. Sound hard, it is.
Exercise Sets Reps
Stiff Leg Deadlift 4 12, 10, 8, 6
Time to put some more weight on your deadlift. Last week we stayed at 12 reps, now we're going to increase the weight and lower the reps with every set. Start at the weight you used last week, and increase!
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg curl 4 12-15
We just went heavy on deadlifts, so curls we're going to a bit lighter and slow down rep timing. Use 3-1-3 for these 4 sets to finish off the workout.
Week 3 - Hamstring Week
Hamstring Week
Exercise Sets Reps
Stiff Leg Dead/Leg curl superset+dropset 5 8 / max, max, max
Today we're really going to attack the hamstrings. We're doing heavy deadlifts for about 8 reps (if your technique is not so good, or you have a weak lower back, stick with 12). Then straight onto the leg curl machine for a drop set. Don't worry about going heavy at all on the leg curl, we just did heavy deads so just focus on getting a nice long stretch and solid contraction. By the third set fo the drop set, you should be in serious pain. If you're not, you're not trying hard enough!
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg Press 5 12
We're having a week off from squats this week to prepare for the heavy week next week (starting the cycle again at week 1). Keep to a weight that you max out at around 12 reps.
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg extension 4 12, 10, 8, 6
Going a bit heavier with extensions this week. Increase the weight on each set.
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Posted Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:36
John
This is a great cycle. Thanks
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Posted Mon, 06/14/2010 - 21:52
zachary papsadora
How many days a week should i do this workout
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Posted Tue, 06/15/2010 - 09:21
Steven
Perform this workout once a week.
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Posted Mon, 09/05/2011 - 03:09
WIlliam
I am in China and my gym doesn't have a leg curl machine. What exercise can I do instead?
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Posted Fri, 02/10/2012 - 11:27
nick
get on your knees, put your heels under something sturdy and lean towards the ground, without pushing with your arms, lift yourself back upright
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Posted Sun, 11/04/2012 - 20:06
Nick Feldman
once a week... like it says, or if you really wanted you could get away with doing it twice, but try to get at least 2 days of rest in between workouts... I like doing monday-thursdays or tuesday-fridays personally if i was to do legs workouts twice a week.
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Posted Thu, 09/01/2011 - 21:25
FERNDOGO
Legs are strong and healthy but they are too skinny. need to find out better ideas
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Posted Fri, 11/04/2011 - 23:13
edgar velasco
I had the same problem but I found out that working heavy and looking out for the form of the exercise you are doing is the key, also since legs ar the stronggests and one of the biggests muscles you have to work them out using reps above 12 reps to congested as you want. otherwise it wont work.
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Posted Sun, 11/04/2012 - 20:23
Nick Feldman
higher weight, lower reps.
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Posted Sun, 05/23/2010 - 15:15
Tom Woznica
I work out at home, what is the next best thing if i cant do leg press?
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Posted Sun, 05/23/2010 - 20:20
Steven
Lunges, front squats and dumbbell squats are a good choice.
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Posted Sun, 05/23/2010 - 21:37
Tom Woznica
alright thanks
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Posted Thu, 02/03/2011 - 11:06
kif
Squats and lunges. lots of it. you dont even need much weight to do it. Just focus on the movement then the burn.
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Posted Mon, 05/31/2010 - 23:16
CRACKETS
I`ve do this routine for 2 cycles, is amaizing!!!! It`s hard, it heavy, great pain the next day, and in the routine feel dizzy. I recomend to eat well before, and after and be ready for something that in spanish is know as "agujetas" THANKS A LOT FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
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Posted Tue, 06/01/2010 - 11:06
Steven
"Agujetas" is muscle soreness for those who are wondering :)
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Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 15:39
Josh
I need to concentrate more on my outer and inner thigh. Any suggestions?
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Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 17:16
Steven
Squats, squats and more squats :) Nothing builds leg mass better then squats.
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Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 21:16
Shamroz
Is it possible to squeeze a workout to shock the calves in this as well. Or is that asking for too much? And if possible what would that calve shocking routine be? Thanks!
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Posted Thu, 06/03/2010 - 09:15
Steven
Absolutely! I would check out the workout section to find some good calf workouts.
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Posted Mon, 07/04/2011 - 23:40
Alex
if you want to "shock" your calves you might want to consider how much they are already being worked within this workout. I always feel my calves burning after a good leg workout, even if I only include one calf exercise. plus, if you run, your calves are contracting and expanding even more rapidly than your quads and hamstrings. so you're really working calves every day whether you isolate them or not.
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Posted Fri, 06/11/2010 - 01:56
ben
For the stiff leg dead lift/ leg curl in week 3, are you supposed to do 3 set drop set after each set of 8 deadlifts?
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Posted Fri, 06/11/2010 - 08:32
Steven
You would do SLDL, then immediately leg curls, followed by 3 drops sets of leg curls...so 4 total leg curl sets.
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Posted Mon, 06/14/2010 - 14:10
Scott
could you make a workout incorperating the vertimax machine to increase vertical, quickness and speed?
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Posted Mon, 06/14/2010 - 14:15
Steven
Hi Scott, I recommend asking this question on the forum. I am not familiar with the vertimax machine. http://www.muscleandstrength.com/forum/
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Posted Tue, 06/15/2010 - 16:16
Phil
So under each week, are we doing all these exercise in one day or throughout the week?
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Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 11:20
Steven
In the same day.
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Posted Fri, 06/18/2010 - 08:09
Daniel
Just a bit of a noob question here: What is ment by "Use 3-1-3 for these 4 sets" or "2-1-2 rep timing" ?
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Posted Fri, 06/18/2010 - 09:19
Steven
Take for example bicep curls...3-1-3 would mean taking 3 seconds to perform the rep, holding the rep at peak contraction for one second, and then taking 3 seconds to lower the bar back to the starting position.
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Posted Sat, 06/19/2010 - 11:57
Jake
haha your not a noob man. Just keep this in mind, no question is a stupid question espescially if you dont know. If someone makes fun of you not knowing thats their problem
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Posted Fri, 06/18/2010 - 11:13
Josh
Can you please explain to me what a pyramid set is? I'm going to guess, but do you increase the weight until you hit 8 reps max, then decrease the weight to increase the reps again? Thanks a lot! Looks like a great workout.
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Posted Sat, 06/19/2010 - 19:06
Steven
Increase the weight on each set until you peak at 8 reps on the 4th set. That is pyramiding down in reps. Then lighten the weight for the fifth and sixth sets and pyramid up in reps.
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Posted Tue, 06/29/2010 - 15:27
tim
was wondering in week 2 the tri-set is it supposed to be preformed like a drop set where you go straight from squat to lunges to leg extensions without a break, or if there is a short break in between each?
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Posted Wed, 06/30/2010 - 14:09
Steven
Hi Tim, Yes, it is performed with no rest between exercises.
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Posted Fri, 02/18/2011 - 08:35
Nick
During the tri set, should you increase weight for easch set?
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Posted Tue, 06/29/2010 - 19:05
Pat
what should my rest time be if im working with a second person? Also i have shoulders this day what should i do first or make legs its own day?
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Posted Wed, 06/30/2010 - 14:10
Steven
Hi Pat, Rest about 2 minutes between sets. For squats you could rest up to 3-5 minutes between sets.
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Posted Sat, 07/03/2010 - 12:18
eric
i hate not understanding these work out routines i always have to read them over and over again
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Posted Tue, 07/06/2010 - 00:30
amanda
I just wanted to say that I started this 3 week leg cycle today and I freakin love it!! I love to train heavy and intensely, especially when it comes to legs and this workout had me naseous. I seriously thought I was gonna throw up! Cant wait for the next workout in this cycle!!
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Posted Thu, 07/08/2010 - 00:25
peter
hi steve, can i change leg press with other exercise,my gym haven't leg press machine.
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Posted Thu, 07/08/2010 - 09:38
Steven
Hi peter, Absolutely. I would try to find a similar exercise to replace it with. here are some possible choices: http://www.muscleandstrength.com/exercises/quads.html
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Posted Sun, 07/11/2010 - 09:31
Bruce
I was just wondering you don't mention calves,what do you do for them and how often? thx
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Posted Mon, 07/12/2010 - 14:21
Steven
Hi Bruce, This workout is primarily set up for hamstrings and quads. Calves can be worked once or twice a week. Here are a good list of calf exercises. I would perform 3-6 sets per workout: http://www.muscleandstrength.com/exercises/calf.html
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Posted Mon, 07/19/2010 - 22:09
ANDREY
In the second week, squats/lunges/leg extension tri set, do you need to do 5 sets on each excersise? so would be a total of 15 sets? Thank you
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Posted Tue, 07/20/2010 - 14:27
Steven
Hi Andrey, You perform 5 total trisets - so that would be 15 total sets.
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Posted Mon, 07/19/2010 - 22:12
ANDREY
in Week 3 - Hamstring Week, stiff leg deadlift / leg curl ,superset + dropset, can you explain to me how does the dropset work? how many sets in total do I need to do? Thank you
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Posted Tue, 07/20/2010 - 14:33
Steven
Hi Andrey, For a dropset, you perform a normal set, drop the weight and immediately perform another set, drop the weight and immediately perform another set.
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Posted Tue, 07/20/2010 - 22:11
ANDREY
in Week 3 - Hamstring Week, stiff leg deadlift / leg curl ,superset + dropset, so after the drop set I go back to stiff leg deadlift to perform a normal set and then go back leg curl for a drop set ? Is that ok? Thank you
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Posted Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:21
Steven
Perform the stiff leg deadlift set, and without resting, move to leg curls and perform 3 drop sets without resting.
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Posted Wed, 07/21/2010 - 03:58
Jordan
im a current college basketball player and just got back from a long international basketball trip. and i want to get my legs stronger than ever before. i would like to incorporate moves that i would use in basketball, like workouts that help me as far as quickness, strength, speed. i love working out i just need the right leg workout to get my lower body where i want it to be. if you have any suggestions that would b great thank you
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Posted Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:25
Steven
Hi Jordan, My biggest suggestion is to use squats. I played basketball in college and heavy squats really helped my leaping ability. You won't need a fancy leg workout as long as squats are in the mix.

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