Max-OT Exercises – Which Ones and Why – Legs


You’ve heard me say this time and time again and I’m going to repeat it. If there is one exercise that produces the most dramatic gains in muscle size and strength squats are it. No other exercise even comes close to matching the effectiveness of squats.

The primary muscles involved are the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. Secondary muscles used – just about every muscle in the body.

I find than many people will make up every excuse possible to avoid doing squats. This is not a habit you should get into. You need to make it a priority to learn to love squats.

Max-OT Tip:
It’s impossible to maximize your leg development without squats. Don’t kid yourself. In fact, it’s impossible to maximize overall whole body development without squats. Squats should be the cornerstone, the foundation of any muscle-building program.


Good form on squats is very important for maximum development and to prevent injuries. Also, good form on squats works with your body’s natural biomechanics. When your form is right you will be able to lift more generating greater overload and more muscle growth and strength.

Using an adjustable or pegged squat rack set the bar at the proper height. The height of the bar should allow you to take the bar off and put the bar back on the rack with no problem. You should never have to struggle racking the weight. This accounts for many of the injuries experienced while squatting.

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