Many people who are otherwise enthusiastic gym goers hesitate to train their leg muscles, under the misconception that intense leg workouts are meant only for bodybuilders. This is not true: training of the lower body enhances the output of anabolic hormones such as human growth hormone, insulin-like growth factors and testosterone.

When combined with a proper diet, rigorous leg training will help lose fat and gain lean muscle all over the body. Exercises such as squats, power cleans, hang cleans and deadlifts increase the body's metabolic rate. However, you need to make some effort to complete an intense leg workout, which can be quite brutal on the muscles of the lower body. You have to draw up and implement a proper exercise routine which pays attention to all areas of the body. Combine it with sufficient amount of cardiovascular training for good health.