Build Big Legs Through the Power of Squats

The fastest way to build big legs is with squats. If you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work, you’ll build big legs with squats a lot faster than you ever could with leg extensions or just about any other leg exercise.

Doing squats each week or at least twice a month is probably the most effective way to build massive legs without having to do an enormous amount of sets for the leg muscles. The legs are big and have powerful muscles, and they need a lot of stimulation to grow, making squatting the king of all exercises in any leg training program.



Over the years I have been involved in bodybuilding and working as a personal trainer, one of the most common things people ask me about is how to get big legs.

The first thing I always tell them is you have to train your legs if you want them to grow. That might sound pretty obvious, but so many people neglect their legs since effective leg training for growth is just so much hard work and hard work is what most people try their hardest to avoid.


I wish I could say there is an easy way in regards how to grow big legs, but there is no easy way out. Even when I’m training clients who pay me to help them develop bigger and stronger leg muscles more often than training any other body part, they cry for mercy and complain that they can’t do another set for legs. Either they’re going to be sick or on the verge of collapsing.

Some clients, from how hard they train, I can see are really on the brink of a meltdown. I’m happy that they put in the hard work, but many clients simply get lazy and want to stop before they should.

It’s the people who put in the hard work and perform the hardcore exercises like squats who reap the greatest rewards from training through attaining a quality physique, a sense of accomplishment and empowerment after a heavy leg workout or any other hard training session.

I love training people who try. They don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest or the fittest, but when I watch my clients trying their absolute best, it is tremendously rewarding to me and to them as well.

It doesn’t matter who they are in their regular life, they could be a housewife, a construction worker or a school teacher, but during that hour in the gym with me, pushing themselves to the limit, they are legends in my book.


So if you want to know how to build big legs, the answer is to do squats and go heavy. Heavy squatting means using a weight that is heavy for you but not too heavy. If you’re looking to build big legs, you should do about 3 sets of squats for about 8-10 reps per set.

Effective squatting is achieved by doing each set till absolute failure. You must perform each squatting set till the failure point, meaning that on your last rep of the set, you can only barely finish the rep without collapsing. Do your squat sets in the power rack where it is safe.

If you can’t finish one of your final reps and you did collapse, you’ll be perfectly safe, although you know intuitively when you get to your last rep and can’t go on anymore. If you know you cannot possibly complete one more rep, then don’t go for it. It just isn’t necessary.

You’ll build big legs with squats, and you’ll do it in the shortest possible time than you would be trying to use fancy leg machines. Building legs are hard work, but if it weren’t, you won’t appreciate all the hard work you put into your physique. And if it was easy, it’ll never come with the same reward as what you have to work hard to achieve.


Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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