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We tend to focus on the big picture when it comes to training legs: big lifts with big weights that hit the biggest amount of muscle mass. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, so keep doing your big lifts to stimulate growth in the largest muscles of the lower body—the quads, glutes, and hams.

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But every now and then, it’s a good idea to focus on the finer points of these muscle groups, especially if your muscular development is lagging in some key areas.

I’ve identified three such areas in the lower body that seem to be problematic for many trainees: the quadriceps “teardrop,” the inner hamstrings, and the outer calves. If any one of these areas is troubling you, here’s your chance to troubleshoot and grow!

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