How To Build Big, Strong, & Thick Legs Without Squats

Stiff-Leg Deadlifts

By keeping your legs stiff, the stiff-leg deadlift will stretch and work your hamstrings like no other exercise. This is a great power movement and will also help your overall strength, so including it is a wise choice. Deads will also work your glutes and your stabilizer muscles.


Standing Calf Raises

The worst thing that you can do is to work your legs hard but ignore your calves. You will throw off your symmetry and weaken what can be strength for ground-based exercises. The staple movement for calves is the standing raise and you can really extend your range of motion and pause at the top of each rep when doing them. Point your toes in or out to hit the calves from different angles.

So if you doubted the possibility of building or maintaining quality legs without squats, we have shown you a number of different exercises that will show you exactly how it can be done. Here are a few examples of what you can do for your thighs on Leg Day to get the job done. Be sure to also include hamstrings and calves after quads are worked.

Sample Workouts

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