[quote]Mike T. wrote:
You should not be able to do all those exercises and sets.
Increase your intensity… [/quote]
That’s exactly what I thought. I believe it’s safe to say you are NOT pushing yourself to or even near your limits on the majority of those sets, if any of them. How often do you add weight/reps? Give us some weights…pics…anything. [/quote]
What’s helped me was moving away from BB routines and focusing on PL routines that are more leg focused and kind of force you to go heavy. I believe a lot of it has got to do with frequency rather than volume. Except for the guys that have a genetic propensity to grow big legs.[/quote]
^ These sum up my thoughts.
Over the years I’ve tried different methods, read about many - but frequency and variation of intensity/volume seems to be the trick.
Forget too much focus on isolation movements and minimal training; heavy multi-joint movements for decent volume/frequency is where it’s at with unresponsive legs. Any body part responds well to this (especially pulling movements), but legs seem to thrive on it.
Train them at least twice a week (even up to 3x/week! if you don’t overload your lower back and you only do one major exercise for it). Pick around two major movements for each time;
E.g. Using a Mon-Fri-Wed type frequency:
Leg day 1
Squats (4-8 reps, 3-5 sets…less sets for high reps, and vice versa)
Lunges (10-12 reps, 2-3 sets)
Leg day 2
Deadlifts (3-5 reps, 3-5 sets)
Leg press (10-15 reps, 2-3 sets)
Something like that ^
Oh, and as has been mentioned, eat for it (if your bodyweight isn’t going up monthly, you aren’t gaining “squat”)