Science, man. Scientists have been broing out and discovering new things for a long ass time now. From the time of Copernicus and then Galileo, where sciencing could get you thrown in jail, to a completely under qualified Oppenheimer leading the Manhattan project, to whatever voodoo witch craft today’s scientists are using to keep Magic Johnson alive.
Scientists are total bros. And without them we’d live in a sad world.
Just when you thought that the scientists of the world couldn’t get any cooler they go off and do science the shit out of some stuff and make a discovery that has the entire fitness community in a collective state of, “whoa”.
What’d those bitchin bro scientists go and do you ask? Oh nothing big. Just discovering an entirely new muscle within our thighs.
A whole freaking muscle that nobody knew we had. Okay actually, some people thought we had, but it’s now confirmed. What’s better, it’s in our thighs. The body part typically referred to as quads – because there are 4 muscles there.
Well bros, start calling your quads quints, because that’s more accurate.
For those who are curious, this new muscle is called the tensor of the vastus intermedius. It sits between the vastus lateralis and vastus intermedius, which places it almost right smack dab in the middle of your quad, errrr… quint.
I’m not sure about you guys, but this is just too fucking cool. I’m geeking out over here. Hell, I geeked out with a client of mine named Erika about this last night.
What you’re all probably wondering.
Most of you are good bros, and when you hear about a brand new muscle your first concern is rightfully, “how do you train that?”
Well, we’re talking about our quints here. So traditional leg training doesn’t really change just because we’ve got a brand new muscle we know about. Hell, that muscle has been there the entire time.
Your quints require a steady dose of man maker exercises to get properly trained. I call them man makers because they’re not easy; far too few bros skip them, and have shitty legs as a result. Man up and don’t skip them.
What are the man maker leg exercises?
Squats, lunges, leg presses, step-ups, and leg extensions. But specifically squats and reverse lunges if we’re nitpicking, and nitpicking leads to science discovering a brand new muscle so you better believe we’re going to nitpick.
But just telling you that you should be doing those exercises isn’t enough. I’ve written extensively on the benefits of squatting, how to fix your squat, lunging, unilateral leg training, etc.
By now you should be well versed in the why and how of training your legs with the big man maker moves.
If not, here are a couple of videos to demonstrate for you:
But that’s not enough. Because I want you to train the hell out of your quints and grow an impressive set of wheels I’ve got a nasty leg workout that you should try.
It’s not for the faint of heart, and if you don’t have more than a year of serious lifting experience then don’t even think about trying this. You won’t be able to walk.
The quint leg workout:
- Leg extension 2×20
- Leg curls 2×20
- Squats: 5×8*
*Drop set last set of squats– cut weight in half immediately and go for 10-12 reps
- Leg press: 5×10
- Romanian deadlift: 4×12
- Bodyweight lunges: 3×20 each leg
Good luck walking tomorrow bros. When you’re laid up and pissed off that your legs are no longer functioning feel free to read the study about this new leg muscle that’s been discovered.