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.