Leg Workout for Men: 3 Powerful Exercises

leg-workoutIn Muscle Strategies, we like to focus more on strength. Science shows that we cannot train for size, but we can train for strength and endurance and the growth of the muscles will be a side effect of that.

In this post, I will be showing you the 3 best exercises that will lead to powerful looking legs.

There are 3 on this post, but I will suggest that you pick 2, for better focus and recover, which will make it easier for you to increase the weights on your workouts every time you hit the gym.


#1 Sumo Dead Lift (credits to “iron619” for the video)

#2 Pistol Squats (credits to “Reebok CrossFit” for the video)

#3 Regular Squats (credits to “Athlete365 Fitness Inc.” for the video)


How Many Sets/Reps?

The key to building powerful legs is to focus on maximum explosive reps. This will lead to more power when jumping and running, and of course, better looking legs.

For these exercises you will want to do the following:

Sumo Dead Lift & Squats

Set 1: 4-6 reps (Max Weight)

Set 2: 6-8 reps (Drop 10% of your first set)

Set 3: 8-10 reps (Drop 10% of your second set)

Note: You will be performing these exercises Reverse Pyramid Training style. Meaning that you will drop the weight down by 10% on each set, and you will be performing more reps on each set, as shown above.


Pistol Squats

Set 1: 3-6 reps 

Set 2: 3-6 reps

Set 3: 3-6 reps

Note: Start doing Pistol Squats while holding dumbbells as you make progress on the exercise.


I hope you enjoyed this, and hopefully you found this post helpful. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.



  1. Mara

    Hi Antonio,
    I do like the diagrams you have included and the way you have described the reverse pyramid training technique. My husband and I both exercise regularly at the gym, and I haven’t come across the sumo dead lift before. Do you have any videos you could add to show the correct technique right through the move?

    1. Antonio Alessandro Bianculli

      Hey Mara, I changed the diagrams for copyright issues, but I now have videos which is what you were asking for 🙂

  2. Anton Gergelur

    Amazing post! Really liked the exercises on this one. Keep up the good work 😀


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