Best Compound Leg Exercises
To make this list easier to browse, I broke it up by barbells, dumbbells, machines, and other equipment. So you can find compound leg exercises no matter your gym setup.
Barbell Compound Leg Exercises
The barbell is a fantastic piece of equipment for leg exercises. It is simple yet functional and allows you to pack on some serious poundage.
1. Barbell Squats
Barbell squats are arguably the best exercise you can do for muscle growth. They work almost every muscle in your lower body and activate your core while you stabilize the weight.
In addition, squats are more versatile than most people realize. The reason is that you can modify the muscles worked by changing your stance and the bar placement.
For instance, the traditional squat has the bar high up on your traps with your feet roughly shoulder-width apart. This technique results in a more upright posture and more knee bend than hip bend.
As a result, the high bar squat is an excellent exercise for building massive quads. But, while it does activate the glutes and hamstrings, I’m about to show you a better technique for building your backside.