Is lifting legs necessary

If I'm lifting for aesthetic purposes, is this really necessary? I want to just hit upper body, 2-3x a week. I enjoy going for long runs several times a week as well, so I would have to cut back on this if I began training legs. Going for more of a ripped / lean / cut look so I don't think my body would end up looking disproportionate?

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WolfofWSO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If your pronoun is they/them and you like skinny jeans then no, forget leg day.

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TaxHavenFTW, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, also lower body workouts are actually more fun than upper body especially if you are trying to build strength etc

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PrivateTechquity 🚀GME+BBBY🚀, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're a twink no, you don't. If you want to actually be taken seriously as someone who works out and cares about body aesthetic yes, you do.  

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weaksaus, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would just hit legs once per week and change up the workouts if you're getting bored. Plus gives your upper body more time to rest between training sessions

From an aesthetic perspective you may be able to get away with it if you're not huge up top, but regardless I think a leg session every other week would be the minimum I would consider if I am in the gym regularly. 

My leg workouts are much more tiring than my upper body ones, I believe that is because there are more compound lifts. The extra work here is good for your metabolism, which will help with ripped look you are going for. Some of your largest muscles are in the legs and not only is it good to be balanced but it's also good for overall growth 

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plskystks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah bud, let me tell you a story about someone (myself obviously). I didn't train legs often and did a ton of hiking last year - ended up fucking my right knee up after putting 70 miles on it in Glacier National. Went to PT and found out it's because I have weak hamstrings and hip muscles which puts more strain on my knees.

As you get older you want to ensure you have mobility and there are certain leg exercises you absolutely should be doing. It ain't all about aesthetics. I'm in my very early 30s and it was a good wake up call...

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gufmo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah, this is right. Working out your lower body is critical to avoiding injury as you get older. Unless you plan to be a totally useless person, activities like running, hiking, skiing, biking, etc will absolutely require you to actively work out your legs. If you don't you will injure yourself.

The human knee is stupid. You need to build the muscles around it when you're young or you're going to tear your meniscus doing some mundane bullshit in your 40s.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:
gufmo

Yeah, this is right. Working out your lower body is critical to avoiding injury as you get older. Unless you plan to be a totally useless person, activities like running, hiking, skiing, biking, etc will absolutely require you to actively work out your legs. If you don't you will injure yourself.

The human knee is stupid. You need to build the muscles around it when you're young or you're going to tear your meniscus doing some mundane bullshit in your 40s.

Yeah my sister tore her meniscus in her 50s. She was a runner and kept in shape but unfortunately it is a common injury. She is an airline pilot so couldn't fly for a couple of months.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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MonkeyNoise, what's your opinion? Comment below:

X2 on the runner part

A lot of running advice saying up your mileage or volume is dog shit. If you want to be really good you need to cross train and get leg muscle.

also leg workouts carry over in literally every sport 

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randomuser123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes lifting legs is necessary. A physique looks so much better with strong/trained quads. It will make your look more fuller

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AspiringLateral, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Pretty sure there's something related to cardiovascular health whereby working your legs also enhances the muscularity of your upper body. Watched a video on it a while back so don't remember the details. Could just be the testosterone thing that this comment refers to.

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Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Was about to say that doing legs is one of the best things a man can do. I've gotten complimented on my calves more times than I can count and never tell people it's because I was a fatass growing up.

Get a leg pump in and your mood will drastically improve 99% of the time. I have been hitting hamstrings like my life depends on it and feel stronger than ever. Don't have to go heavy - just pump them up.

Legs are the one body part I like to argue you don't actually need weight for (although I agree it's important to add muscle). Go sprint up a hill and do that 20 times. Full out effort. Your legs will be toast if you've never done it before.

Go do 500 body weight squats with your arms held above your head. You'll be gassed after 50.

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Bigstonks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

A big set of wheels is aesthetic af dude. Automatic respect from me knowing the pain and consistency it takes to get a nice legs. In my opinion when I see guys with a decently built upper body and skinny ass legs it just looks weird.

Also, when you think about athletic movement pattern, the legs are always involved. That's where a lot of power is generated. Leg workouts to me are the most fun because it's always challenging and you can legitimately see what your physical limits are.

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Lester Freamon, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Echoing what everyone else said, but also, women love a nice pair of glutes almost as much as men do, so you'll be doing yourself a disservice in the dating market as well by avoiding training them. Just had to throw that in there since WSO is quickly devolving into an overpaid 20-something relationship help site lol.

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datboi1234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Girls like a nice pair of legs, specifically because they can help your ass a lot, and a good ass is a benefit during sex for obvious reasons. You should work your legs, BUT I've had way more injuries with legs. Personally, I avoid lunges, since I've injured myself countless times with them, so do the movements that work for you

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GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Doesn't matter. Your upper body won't see any progress either 100% so don't bother. 

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joehuntbbc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

OP please listen. Ever since Spring 21' I've gotten into working out and running. I only do upper body workouts and run between 12-36 miles per week. I advise that you do one day of push-ups, one day of biceps with dumbbells, one day of shoulders with dumbbells, and one day of triceps, respectively during the week(s) spread out so you can spread out your training. Also, if you want to maximize muscle protein synthesis, you need to eat (at least get 30g of protein) 3-5 times per day. I've been doing intermittent fasting, so I typically only eat twice and maybe three times on a couple days out of the week. Also, I'm not fat or average, I'm skinny (6'0", 150) but my muscles have good definition. I'm 23 and my goal is to be 165-170 by the time I'm 30 then try to retain or let it go a little. Side note, I love running more ;) which a lot of lifters despise. If you want diet tips, please PM.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:
joehuntbbc

OP please listen. Ever since Spring 21' I've gotten into working out and running. I only do upper body workouts and run between 12-36 miles per week. I advise that you do one day of push-ups, one day of biceps with dumbbells, one day of shoulders with dumbbells, and one day of triceps, respectively during the week(s) spread out so you can spread out your training. Also, if you want to maximize muscle protein synthesis, you need to eat (at least get 30g of protein) 3-5 times per day. I've been doing intermittent fasting, so I typically only eat twice and maybe three times on a couple days out of the week. Also, I'm not fat or average, I'm skinny (6'0", 150) but my muscles have good definition. I'm 23 and my goal is to be 165-170 by the time I'm 30 then try to retain or let it go a little. Side note, I love running more ;) which a lot of lifters despise. If you want diet tips, please PM.

What's your 5K PR? Have you done marathons?

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joehuntbbc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Never done a 5k, and I've never done a marathon either. The longest I ever ran was a half-marathon which I competed in 2h 5m. It wasn't official but I timed myself. I just run for my enjoyment. It's nice where I run (trail that follows a river for miles on end with trees and a hillside on one side.)Trail in PA

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TangibleHardo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Even if you want to train for pure aesthetics (which I think is vain and against the classical ideal of why a man would have a desire to be physically strong), you need to factor in proportions. You're going to look like a doofus with fat biceps/chest and pencil legs. To me, you'll look like a coward because it signals someone that lacks the courage to go through the most grueling workouts (legs), someone who only wants the short term gratification of an arm pump. Put it this way - which is more daunting and physically demanding: 2 hours of heavy bench press, or 2 hours of heavy squats?

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BenBernyankin', what's your opinion? Comment below:

Haha I love how guys get defensive when you mention they lift to look more impressive to women but every other response here is telling OP to hit legs cos girls like it more 😂.

anyways yeah, I would hit legs. Strong hamstrings and core are essentials to athleticism and injury prevention. 

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Miracle1111, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I love how people want to look strong without being strong. Here is the thing, if you are strong, you will look strong. Get those gains all over your body and cut your body fat and you will look good. Don't ignore your legs. You won't be able to carry your girl if she tries to jump on you, but your chest will look good in pictures.

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the_lonely_traveler, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Stronger legs from training from squats and deadlifts is going to mean a better physique and more bulk. The myth is that those exercises only train legs. Also can't get the CNS rush after anything other than a heavy deadlift or squat

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