I have been hitting the gym for 3 months now and have been following this routine for my legs: Deadlifts : 4 sets, 6-8 reps Leg press: 4 sets, 8-10 reps Seated calf raises: 4 sets, 8-10 reps

I switch between deadlifts and back squats on alternate days for lower body. Squats: 4 sets, 6-8 reps

I focus on heavier weights than higher reps. I do legs twice per week. Is this enough or should I be doing more exercises. I certainly feel drained after doing 3 exercises.

  • I'd follow a plan like Stronglifts 5x5 or Starting Strength A/B. Those have progressive overloading to increase your levels at a rate that's challenging yet possible.
    – Eric
    Jan 24, 2019 at 21:22
  • Why do you think it might not be enough (for what?)? People need, do and want different things. If it's enough is a decision you need to make. But if you could describe what you think the result is if you do something specific, one could help you align your goals and training plan. Your profile suggests you are at least familiar with programming, so you should know how important precision is when making a request - or you might end up with something you didn't ask for and then apply it to something it isn't meant for
    – Raditz_35
    Jan 24, 2019 at 22:02

1 Answer 1


Everyone is different and depending on where you are with your workout (person who has lifted for 5 years straight vs. someone new) you will be better off with certain routines.

One of the things you didn't mention is what your goals are. Without this you will not get a great answer.

Are you lifting because you want to be better at sports? If so this workout is a bit static and I would include other lifts that move the weight symmetry around plus plyometrics.

Are you lifting to get stronger? Then this workout is a bit mundane and isn't focused enough on intensity. You would need to probably need to increase the weight and decrease reps for a few sets. You would also probably need to do complimentary lifts.

Are you lifting to maintain while getting a little stronger? Then your workout probably suffices. Here you should be focused on doing the lifts correctly since your margin for improvement is smaller. When you lift and get sore is the soreness focused on the correct area - for instance squats should make you sore from where your butt meets the back of your leg to the front of your hamstring. If you are getting sore in your back or hips there is a good chance you are doing the lifts wrong or a good chance you aren't doing complimentary lifts and seeing weakness in other parts.

There just isn't a perfect answer. Your workout seems "quick" but with 100% intensity and correct form it is more than adequate for a person 4 months in. If you are getting gains, can manage the pain/soreness, your body generally feels healthy, and you are happy doing it, continue until you start seeing yourself plateau.

Depending on age doing this twice a week is doable but at some point you may need to cut back to once times more lifting or possibly just take intervals off of the second day. But it is nice to hear someone 4 months in doing legs twice a week. Your body will grow much quicker with a stronger core.

So the answer is - it is enough if you are getting gains. If you aren't you may need to move on to a structured routine like stronglifts or SS. But if your weight is going up at a good rate, keep going. If it isn't ask yourself, is it my routine or is it my intensity. If you think it is your routine, post your exact routine with weight amounts over a two month period and many people can off advice and other things you could do.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.