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    To fix a leg imbalance

    Hello all,

    I have recently realized that my leg muscles seem to be lagging behind my upper body. I wonder, how long would it take to make them catch up if I were to train legs exclusively for a period of time? I figure a decrease in upper body mass coupled with an increase in lower body mass should speed up the balancing process, and from there I would be able to train the whole body properly while maintaining the right proportion.

    For reference as to the imbalance, right now I'm squatting around 5x200lbs, leg curl is around 85-90 lbs x 6 reps before form starts to give; while my bench press 1 rep max is 160 lbs. I'm curling 25lbs for biceps.

    Thanks!
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    Legs grow fast. So crush them and eat lots of protein. Make sure you do your goodmornings and deads to.
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    Sounds like you should just get on a proper beginner routine working your whole body
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    Keep squatting but also include dumbbell lunges etc, basically some sort of single leg work. Also try to push harder with your weak leg. Usually your stronger side tends to overtake.
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    Originally Posted by tovarishch1917 View Post
    Hello all,

    I have recently realized that my leg muscles seem to be lagging behind my upper body. I wonder, how long would it take to make them catch up if I were to train legs exclusively for a period of time? I figure a decrease in upper body mass coupled with an increase in lower body mass should speed up the balancing process, and from there I would be able to train the whole body properly while maintaining the right proportion.

    For reference as to the imbalance, right now I'm squatting around 5x200lbs, leg curl is around 85-90 lbs x 6 reps before form starts to give; while my bench press 1 rep max is 160 lbs. I'm curling 25lbs for biceps.

    Thanks!
    I don't see much of an imbalance. our squat max comes out to about 230 1RM and your bench max is 160.

    But if you precieve an imbalance I would fix it by getting on a full body program like SS/SL.
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    Thank you for all the answers, you've been a great help!
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    Originally Posted by tovarishch1917 View Post
    Hello all,

    I have recently realized that my leg muscles seem to be lagging behind my upper body. I wonder, how long would it take to make them catch up if I were to train legs exclusively for a period of time? I figure a decrease in upper body mass coupled with an increase in lower body mass should speed up the balancing process, and from there I would be able to train the whole body properly while maintaining the right proportion.

    For reference as to the imbalance, right now I'm squatting around 5x200lbs, leg curl is around 85-90 lbs x 6 reps before form starts to give; while my bench press 1 rep max is 160 lbs. I'm curling 25lbs for biceps.

    Thanks!
    Don't stop training upper body. If anything, increase volume/frequency of your leg work.



    Can't offer more-specific advices without knowing your current routine.
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