Any comments about the effectiveness of splitting up training specific parts of your legs on separate days?? And what is the best way of doing it?
I’ve traditionally tried to do legs on one day (once every 5 days). For better gains, have decided recently to split my leg workout into separate days for calves, hamstrings and quads, and working them more intensely, but only every 7 days. Some are obvious – leg curls go into hamstring day; leg extensions into quad day. However, there are some exercises that work both hamstrings and quads, and I’m getting conflicting advice from the trainers at the gym and even in some of the mag articles as to what day they should belong.
Here are the exercises in question: Squats (Barbell, Hack, Smith), Leg Press, Step-Ups, Lunges. It seems that the concensus is that all squats, leg presses and step-ups should go into quad day-- and Lunges into Hamstring Day. I've also put Deadlifts and Good Mornings in Hamstring Day, although a trainer told me I should definitely put Good Mornings into Back Day instead.
Or is the fact that most of these really do work both parts so much, that I am fooling myself in thinking I really am having a separate quad and hamstring day?
I guess ultimately it will come down to what the gains are – regardless of how I set my routine up.