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Building A Strong Base

Triple Olympic gold medallist Misty-May Treanor calls them “nightclub bodies” – ginormous upper bodies and little sticks for legs. You see them everywhere in gyms. Guys and gals pumping iron to grow huge upper-body muscles while ignoring their legs. For them it’s all about the look.

Ask most elite athletes, like beach volleyball star Treanor, NFL receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former UFC woman’s champion Ronda Rousey, and they’ll all espouse the need for overall body balance.

So why do regular gym users tend to ignore their legs? Vanity, fear and lack of knowledge are contributing factors. Let’s face it, doing lower-body work properly is tough, physically and mentally. Those muscles burn and you know they’re going to be sore the next day. Consequently, we’ll see guys and gals working their chest and shoulders and arms every day of the week. But the legs? Somehow they seem to neglect those.

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