I am 28 y/o male 6ft tall 200lbs, 15% bf. Always active. Been lifting 4 to 5 days a week for the last 3 years.
I do a five day split:
I train pretty hard. But I recently started training my legs a bit easier in hopes of coping with the pain afterwords. Every other muscle I train gets just a little sore/tender for a day or so, but does not hinder my daily activities at all. However legs, every time I train them, the following day they are a little weak, then the 2nd and 3day I can hardly walk.
I used to do bar squats with 315-365 pounds. I have since lowerd to starting at 225 and working up to 275. And lowered overall intensity, but I still feel completely crippled for the following 3 to 4 days after.
Normally My leg day consists of:
Squat - 3 sets of 8 to 12
hack squats - same
various workouts for calves.
I eat fairly well and take pre/post workout protein shakes. I stretch before and after workouts.
Does anybody have any suggestions or ideas? I train my upper body with much more intensity and recover much faster. I understand legs are much larger muscles, but dang. I can feel every square inch of muscle between me knees to my hips. Butt included. My quads are where the pain is. the rest is just sore.
Also, I have tried leaving out extensions and just getting my quads hit from either squats or deadlifts, but results are the same.