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    Wiped out after leg day

    Is there any way to speed post-workout recovery after a heavy leg workout??

    My leg workout is squats, hacks, and leg press. Takes about an hour to get all three exercises in. My squat is 475#, my hacks are 780# (about), and my leg presses are 1380#. All sets are done with 12 reps. Once a month or so, I max out on the weights. I dont do any open chain exercises on my legs. I train them once per week.

    My overall training is 4x with a trainer, with a rest day before and after legs. My diet is 40/40/20 (3100 calories). I am 5'6.5", 180#. Prior to training legs in the morning, I have a protein drink of about 1000 calories, and after workout I have a protein drink of 25/35 (Rapid Recovery)on the way home from the gym, followed with a good meal.

    The problem I have is that I do my legs on Saturday, and I spend the rest of the day just laying around and trying to recover. Seems like it is taking so long to recover from my leg workout. Any one got any ideas on what I can do to speed the recovery?? Seems like my day comes to a stop when I finish up lets. Thanks for any input you may have.
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    Talking Get used to it......

    Takes me 4 sometimes even 5 days to recover from leg day.
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    Talking

    I do legs on Mondays (usually) and I am still hobbling around on Friday. I guess I enjoy it, though.
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    Hey, if you're not wiped out after a leg day... you ain't doin' it right!

    You know, I consider that a 'good' pain. Pain that I know is helping in the long run.
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    You said that your at or around 3000 calories, what weight?. Are you doing any cardio or are you on your feet throughout the day (factory worker, shopping, running from the law)? Reason I ask is that will slow your recovery down quite a bit.

    I had one of those near passing out or puking leg workouts after the first 4 out of 5 sets of squats last night. Finished the remaining 4 excercises within the hour, but man the floor felt good after. I'll probably be sore until Wed or Thur.
    Make sure your taking your vitamins. 1500 of C.
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    Legs days are insane!
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    Originally Posted by 5erious View Post
    Legs days are insane!
    Strong 12 year bump.
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    i do my cardio session the following dat while muscles are in the recovering process
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    Always puke on leg days. Takes everything outta me and rcovery is like 3-4 days easy. Need one of them motorized whellchairs just to leave the gym in.
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    i do legs on Saturday as well and usually the DOMS goes away by Wed-Thu.Still some slight pain in my hammies today.deal with it man.No pain no gain.Working out legs is the most taxing on the body.Ever since I added bulgarian split squats to my routine, leg day has never been the same. Im hungry like a mofo all day on leg day
    i usually do a 30 min light jog on Sunday and that seems to help by the way.Apart from that food and rest!!
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    You'll get used to it after a year or so. Strong legs require a lot of pain.
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    Originally Posted by kanis999 View Post
    You'll get used to it after a year or so. Strong legs require a lot of pain.
    Strong reply to someone who squats 475
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    LMAO @ 12 year bump. Think that's some kind of record.

    Holy shiit, when this thread was made I was 14, wearing slipknot shirts and dealing with people walking on eggshells because of the uncanny similarities between me and my friends to the columbine shooters.
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    Sounds like you're doing it right. You should be wiped out after leg day; it's scripture! If it's the soreness that bothers you then some light cardio can help and if it's CNS (central nervous system) recovery then you'd have to sleep a bit more and maybe take a nap if you can. Sound nutrition with plenty of water also obviously helps to repair and recover overall.
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    Originally Posted by adamdavidson47 View Post
    Strong 12 year bump.
    By this time I'm almost certain he's fully "recovered" from leg day!
    "I was laying in bed one night and I thought ‘I’ll just quit — to hell with it.’ And another little voice inside me said ‘Don’t quit — save that tiny little ember of spark.’ And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, you can start the greatest fire again.”

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