I Don’t Like This Leg Exercise, But It Works Like Crazy

Gabe Johansson
2 min readNov 4, 2023

For years, the only 2 exercises I would do to grow my legs were squats and deadlifts.

They’re so versatile and efficient I never really felt like I needed anything else.

And any time I would add things in like leg extensions, leg curls, or single leg exercises…

They felt like mostly a waste of time and just made me sore and tired without much extra benefit.

Especially Bulgarian split squats.

Those were just pure torture.

But ever since I started working out at home over 4 months ago…

Goblet squats and dumbbell RDLs weren’t quite cutting it, especially compared to my considerably heavier barbell squats and deadlifts of the past.

So I had to do something.

And the exercise I chose?

Regular split squats.

I never really gave these an honest shot until fairly recently, but I’m glad I did.

I don’t like them at all, but they are actually bringing a bit of challenge to my leg days again.

Considering I’m holding 2 dumbbells and one leg is doing the majority of the work at a time, it’s a whole lot harder.

I’m already noticing a difference in my legs in only a few months of doing them, and they’re pretty easy to recover from too which is great.

I can see more leg growth in my near future…

But only if I keep adding reps and weight over time like I do for all my exercises.

That’s the real key.

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Originally published at https://gainswithgabe.com on November 4, 2023.



Gabe Johansson

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