WHY WOMEN SHOULD TRAIN LEGS
MUSCLE FIBER RECRUITMENT
The biggest issue with the exercises I listed above is that they stimulate far fewer muscle fibers than compound movements. By incorporating compound lifts into your workout program in place of some of the current isolation movements such as the glute press, you can benefit more from each exercise, and simultaneously cut down on the amount of time you need to spend training your legs.
Take the hip adductor machine for example. The majority of women perform this exercise religiously, but it is solely stimulating the adductors of the leg such as the adductor brevis, adductor longis, and gracilis.
You’ve never heard of these muscles? That’s because they are very small in comparison to other muscles of the leg like the rectus femoris that makes up part of the quadriceps. Training smaller muscles like the adductor group is helpful, but let’s compare this exercise to a barbell back squat.