Mmm man I love chicken. Especially when it is marinated overnight and char-grilled, you just can’t beat it. But, I must confess. There is one part of the chicken I hate. Chicken legs. Now some of you may say, “Samuel are you kidding me? The drumsticks are the best part!”
Well, hear me out. I don’t mean the legs on an actual chicken, I mean the kind on us humans. Those of us who, in our quest for building muscle, losing weight, or just maintaining a healthy tone, neglect the most functional and beneficial part of the body: legs. That’s right, chicken legs. Many of you may have seen those guys in the gym that are huge up top and when you look down their body the fantastic muscle tone and size stops at the waist. The torso and arms can look excellent, as these gentlemen display, but the legs are seriously lacking in the symmetry. Why does this happen?
Well, there are numerous reasons why this occurs. Barring any genetic abnormalities, it boils down two things: ignorance and willpower. For men, it is easy to build muscle overall. However, the amount of effort it takes to see visual growth in the upper body as opposed to the lower body is considerably less. The legs carry the body all day every day, so the muscle composition is such that it can handle this workload. For example, calf muscles are involved in running, lifting, jumping, and much more. They are the final push for many functional everyday movements. This kind of daily exertion makes training calf muscles and upper leg muscles difficult because they require more time, energy, and effort to see growth. This is the willpower factor. It’s going to take more focus and determination (not to mention pain) to see growth in the legs.
The next factor is ignorance. Because the legs require more attention paid to leg workouts, they must be done with the utmost focus and form due to the injury risk involved. The main functional exercises for legs require excellent form before heavy weight can be handled properly. This level of understanding and knowledge is missing in the chicken-legged meatheads you see in the gym. You must know when to train legs, how to properly train legs, and how to recover. It can seem daunting, but with a little information (which I’ll cover at another time), you can avoid the dreaded chicken leg syndrome and have a symmetrical and healthy body shape.