Tips and Tricks for Shredded Quads
Let me guess. Like everyone else, you want shredded quads. Am I right? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In my Killer Quads article I talked about how lifters are either undertraining or overtraining their legs. But, what you must realize is that a great pair of legs is first formed in your mind. Once you can do that, then you can apply the proper training and nutrition to support that. Once those are established, training intensity and focus are needed to further create those shredded quads.
So far you discovered that muscle stimulation, not exaggeration, will build killer quads. Low reps with just a few sets of heavy poundage builds thick leg mass with good muscle density. Good leg mass with muscle density is the perfect setting to start a leg cutting program.
So, let’s get started on what it really takes to get shredded quads so you can dominate the gym and stage. Let’s go…
Nutrition For Shredded Quads
First order of business… You can’t get ripped, cut, or shredded quads if you have a crappy diet. Oh, I’m blunt! A good diet, cardio work, and proper leg training will get your legs lean and cut; better known as shredded quads.
So, what is a high-quality nutrition plan? A good clean diet is simply eating REAL food, not that processed junk and restaurant food. You know that old adage, you are what you eat? Well, it’s true. If you want shredded quads, you gotta cut out the junk.
Take it in steps. Start off by omitting the typical junk food and processed choices. You can have bread and dairy, but you can get more defined without them. You will really get shredded quads by eating organic. Do some shopping at Whole Foods or Sprouts.
You can give carb-cycling a whirl. It’s really effective for pulling off body fat and allowing you to keep most of you muscle.
Keep well-hydrated. A hydrated muscle is a healthy and strong muscle. Jeff Behar, a veteran bodybuilder and NPC Judge states, “A 2% drop in body water can cause a small but critical shrinkage of the brain, which can impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow thinking. Dehydration can also reduce endurance, decrease strength, cause cramping, and slow muscular response.”
Start by drinking 64 oz of water a day and try to eventually increase that to a gallon of water a day. If you don’t drink enough water you’ll just retain it, so may as well drink it and not be bloated. Are ya with me?
Avoid tap water. It’s full of junk and stuff you really don’t want to know about. Your best water is filtered water, bottled water is fine too.
Training For Shredded Quads
Okay, we have your diet taken care of; let’s talk about leg training for shredded quads. Now, the Killer Quads article had a sample leg building routine. What you are about to learn is how to sculpt those legs.
You have to realize that you can’t sculpt your legs if you haven’t built the foundation first, the muscle. If you don’t have the leg muscles built, you can’t sculpt them. So, first build your quads so you can cut and define them.
Continue to use compound exercises accompanied with isolation work. You can get away with more leg exercises and sets to a degree. However, continual excessive reps and sets won’t get your legs cut. They Do serve a purpose if applied in the right manner. The trick is not overtraining legs, but to use simple training manipulation. It’s all in how you implement the extra exercises, sets, and reps. They should be used as a shock method so your legs are constantly off-guard, and this keeps them responsive.
The Biggest Take-Away…
I can’t say it enough, and people NEVER hear it… You HAVE to have your leg muscles built first before you can shred them. Build the foundation, than sculpt it. You can’t sculpt what isn’t there and you can’t sculpt fat, so build your leg muscles so you can have shredded quads.