Learn Key Insights and Strategies to Develop Your Legs, Glutes and Core
When was the last time you saw someone with toned, fit legs and glutes but a big belly?
(In 22 years of consistent weight lifting and five years of personal training, I’ve yet to see this pattern of fat distribution on a person.)
But it’s pretty common to see men and women with fit-looking shoulders and arms … and not-so-fit bellies and legs. (Go to any gym on a Monday—dubbed international chest day—and you’ll see plenty of these big-chested, skinny-legged folks.)
If you’re ready to rev up your fat-burning engines, learning proper squatting and deadlifting techniques is a good start.
New research points to the legs, specifically how insulin and leptin resistance starts in the legs. The legs become metabolically sick before the upper body does—this is the crux of weight-loss plateaus.
Hence, burning fat and achieving the body you want becomes an uphill battle in the face of insulin resistance.
It’s estimated that some 200 muscles are activated when you perform a squat, so learning how to execute this exercise safely is a great first step to getting those legs and core in shape.
Squatting and deadlifting impact your whole body and have the most carryover into real life.
So, if you’re struggling to shed some excess fat and want to keep a tighter rein on that blood sugar, improving the muscle health in your legs is a good start.
Record-holding performance coaches TashAyla Wolf Whelan and Dan Stephenson share key programing, tips and insights about how to get the most out of these best exercises for the lower body.