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Old 06-04-2011, 01:40 AM   #1
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the legs are the largest muscle group in the body but 9/10 full body routines only have about 9 sets for the hamstrings and quads.

how much leg work is needed on a full body workout for your hamstrings and quads to grow ?
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What do you mean?

I do a fullbody workout with 25 sets of squats a week and 7 sets of Deadlifts, that's 32 sets a week at least pretty much focussed on legs as well as some other body parts.

I can't imagine a fullbody workout with less than that, so where do you get that 9/10 number from?

A little more information on what you are doing would help figure out where you need help.
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What do you mean?

I do a fullbody workout with 25 sets of squats a week and 7 sets of Deadlifts, that's 32 sets a week at least pretty much focussed on legs as well as some other body parts.

I can't imagine a fullbody workout with less than that, so where do you get that 9/10 number from?

A little more information on what you are doing would help figure out where you need help.
most beginer workouts only have 3 working sets so when I say 9/10 I am talikng about beginer workouts.

The steve reeves workout has you squating 3 times a week plus 1 working deadlift which gives you 10 sets for the legs

plus most AB full body workouts go day1 squat and day 2 deadlift also giving you 9 sets.

I just want to make sure that 9 sets per week is enough for the quads and hams to grow
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I would recommend that when you begin you don't treat the legs any different and give them the same amount of volume as you would the rest of the body. For a complete beginner 9 sets of squats per week followed by 9 sets of either PC's, GM's or DL would not be unreasonable.

Once you've been training a while you can get a feel for how much volume you need/can cope with. Use that as a guideline. However this requires prior experience of 6-12 months+ to really be in a position to answer that question properly.

This is where you will see individual variation in Full Body Routines. My own FBR was a progression from a bare-bones basic 3 times a week approach to now: http://muscleandbrawn.com/forums/ful...tml#post141495

I have tailored that approach to what I can realistically handle for each bodypart. That varies for each bodypart, it's all about getting to know what you're capable of and what you best respond to.

Hope that helps.

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From experience there is more than enough work for the legs in the Reeves Classic, plus remember one of the first additions to that routine is to add some SLDL on one of the days each week as well.

So as hammies get hit in the SLDL, squat and Regular deadlift and quads get hit in the squat and regualr deadlift, including ramping weights thats the hammies getting hit directly 6 times per week (SLDL and DL) and indirectly 9 times per week (squats) and the quads getting hit 12 times directly (squats and DL)... a total of 27 sets for the legs !!!

Try not to think of a fullbody routine as each muscle getting worked x number of times, there is more to it than that, they are written with an overall amount of work for the whole body as the goal, and trust me, if done at the proper intensity will give great overall growth the the body.

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Yeah well put, Carl.

I'd also add your main focus at the moment should be to adding weight to the bar. That more than anything at the beginner stage will get you growing.
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Try not to think of a fullbody routine as each muscle getting worked x number of times, there is more to it than that,

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This is the real take home point. It took me a long time to stop thinking of fullbody workouts in terms of bodyparts.

It's better to look at them in terms of natural movements, and natural strength planes.

--Pulling towards the body.
--Pushing away from the body.
--Pushing overhead.
--Pulling down from overhead.
--Lifting off the ground.
--Squating and standing.

It took me a year to finally stop trying to squeeze in X number of sets for each bodypart into the confines of a fullbody.

For hammies, squats and deadlifts will do plenty. From there, you can either do a HLM style ala Casey Butt and add in leg curls on Wednesday, or add in RDLs somehow if you feel you need more hammie work.
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My legs work per week:

2x8 squat
1x8 stiff
2x8 deadlift

Warm ups not listed.

In 50 days now, my thighs are 1cm bigger, training 2 days per week.
That's just as much (or even more) than I used to grow with spit routine, working up to 15 sets per leg workout.
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This is the real take home point. It took me a long time to stop thinking of fullbody workouts in terms of bodyparts.

It's better to look at them in terms of natural movements, and natural strength planes.

--Pulling towards the body.
--Pushing away from the body.
--Pushing overhead.
--Pulling down from overhead.
--Lifting off the ground.
--Squating and standing.

It took me a year to finally stop trying to squeeze in X number of sets for each bodypart into the confines of a fullbody.

For hammies, squats and deadlifts will do plenty. From there, you can either do a HLM style ala Casey Butt and add in leg curls on Wednesday, or add in RDLs somehow if you feel you need more hammie work.
I finally get how a fullbody routine works .No need to make my own routine up I will use this workout that has all the natural movements over 2 days.

Workout A

Squats 5 x 5-10
Bench Press 5 x 5-10
Pull Ups or Power Cleans 3 x 10
Barbell Curls 3 x 10
Weighted Situps 3 x 10-25
Workout B

Deadlift 5 x 5
Seated Overhead Press 5 x 5-10
Barbell or DB Rows 3 x 10
Dips 3 x 10
Calf Raises 3 x 10

thanks for the help
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One major exercise for each major muscle group.
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