If you are training each muscle group on different days of the week, there are probably some scientific reasons why you should train legs and other key muscle groups on specific days of the week.
However in this article I want to give my own thoughts on the best and worst days of the week to do a leg workout based purely on practical reasons and my own personal experience.
Best Day – MONDAY
Unless you are a member of a gym that is always very quiet, the chances are that you will often find yourself waiting to use a particular exercise machine several times during your workouts.
This is always very annoying, but it is particularly frustrating during a leg workout because most of us are eager to complete our workouts as soon as possible and get it over and done with for another week.
Plus you don’t want to be hanging around waiting when your legs are pumped and primed to shift some serious weight on the leg press machine, for example.
So bearing all this in mind, it could be argued that the best day of the week to do a leg workout is Monday because you will generally find that most other members are keen to hit their arms, chest and back at the start of the week, or concentrate on doing some cardio work if they have eaten too much over the weekend or drunk too much alcohol.
Most sane people don’t want to start the week off with a strenuous leg workout, so if you dedicate this day to leg training, you should find that you will have the squat rack, the leg press machine and the various other leg training machines all to yourself, and won’t have to wait around to use any of them.
Worst Day – FRIDAY
If you have ever trained your legs hard in the gym, you will know that they will often be sore for two or three days afterwards, and even the simplest of tasks, such as walking up and down stairs, sitting down and standing up, for example, suddenly becomes a lot harder.
So for this very reason, many people specifically avoid doing a leg workout on Fridays because they don’t want to be spending their weekends off work hobbling around in pain and discomfort, and I am of the same opinion myself.
I prefer to train my legs on Mondays because of the reasons cited earlier, or failing that, Tuesdays or Wednesdays so that my legs can fully recover before the weekend.
Ultimately it doesn’t really matter too much which day of the week you train legs. Indeed you might want to consider training them twice a week if they are a particular weakness.
However these are the best and worst days of the week to do a leg workout based on my own personal experiences.
The key point is that you do actually dedicate at least one day of the week to legs because if you don’t, you are in danger of having a big and strong upper body with tiny chicken legs, which will turn you into a laughing stock whenever you wear a pair of shorts.