Boost Your Workout: A Few Inches Can Make a Big Difference!

Going a few inches lower can yield big results...

I break my muscle groups into different days at the gym; today was a leg day. My leg workouts are relatively strong, but they feel like they’ve lost some intensity in recent months. I’ve slowly been increasing the amount of resistance that I use, but to little avail. My leg workouts haven’t been kicking my ass. Doing more of the same will get more of the same – so something needed to change.

Today, I decided to do something a little different. I do a variety of leg exercises that involve squatting or pressing with my legs. Instead of stopping where I normally stop (when my thighs are parallel to the floor or apparatus), I squatted or pressed down a few inches lower. And the difference was unbelievable. Tomorrow, I’m going to be walking bow-legged; I can feel the soreness creeping in already.

Try going a few inches lower if you feel like you’ve reached a results plateau. It’s a simple tip that doesn’t involve changing much at all – you can continue with your same program, doing your same routine. Just go a little lower, and feel the burn.

I know what you’re thinking: How did Davey Wavey manage to go this whole post about inches without the obligatory penis size mention? Ooo… well, there it is.

P.S. The general recommendation when squatting or pressing with your legs is that your thighs should be parallel to the floor or apparatus. Higher than that, and you’re losing some of the benefit to your quads. Go lower, and you can reap additional gains.

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  1. To anyone that is going to try this, be sure that you are ready for the added resistance this is going to create. It is much harder to push up when your arms/legs are past the parallel point…probably a lot harder than you think. Also, be sure to watch your form. When you move past a certain point, your body will automatically attempt to compensate in ways that may end up hurting you more than helping. Another way, beyond what Davey mentions, to increase the difficulty/level of your workouts is to maintain proper form. If you think you have proper/perfect form, hire a trainer…you’ll find out just how un-perfect it is! That’s my $0.02 worth.

  2. Hi DW. I’m in 100% agreement with Jeremy above and would urge people to know what they are doing before they get creative.
    In particular, going too low (below the point where your thighs are parallel to the floor) can, if not done correctly, cause considerable harm to your knees.
    Probably a good idea to let people know…

  3. try doing all of your free-weights work on one leg… alternating l -r of course… pull your knee up parallel to your waist…
    this requires proper form n good balance… its a killer for your legs….

    ~ cheers…