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Lower Body Exercises For Bodybuilding

While many people think that bodybuilding has to do with building the muscles of the upper body, you also have to pay attention to lower body exercises. This is because the largest muscles in your body are actually located in the lower part of your body. You need to develop them in order to support a bigger upper body. When beginning a bodybuilding routine, many people start off with heavy squats. This is something you should avoid and work into gradually.
Get started working out on exercise equipment that will train many muscles in the body at once. You do need to learn how to do these properly and it will take about three months to strengthen the individual muscles that you will need later.
Lower Body Exercises


There are five groups of muscles in the lower part of your body:
* Quads – these are the large muscles at the front of the thigh. Exercises that will help strengthen these muscles include squats, leg press, lunges and leg extensions.
* Hamstrings – these are the muscles at the back of the thigh. The exercises that will help you strengthen the hamstrings are leg curls.
* Gluteals – the muscles of the buttocks
* Hip Flexors – small muscles at the front of the pelvis. If you practice raising your legs, it will go a long way to strengthening them.
* Calves – these are the muscles at the front of the legs.
Exercises for the lower body include:
* One set of 10-15 repetitions on a leg press
* Three sets of 10-15 repetitions of leg extensions
* Three sets of 10-15 repetitions of hamstring curls
* Three sets of 10-15 repetitions of standing calf raises
* Three sets of 10-15 repetitions of seated calf raises


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