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    Default How big are your legs?

    Ok i know the subject title is a little odd, but i was wondering if you badminton players out there do much muscle training for your legs.

    I'm talking about your Quads, Hamstrings and Calf muscles, well mainly most of the muscles in your legs. Reason being i noticed alot of the professionals, have rather well built legs, so i wondered which muscles groups help in which area of badminton.

    I mean which muscles are most effective when jumping, sudden change of direction, lunges etc.

    I stopped going to the gym a long time ago, but i did use to train the usual, quads, hams and calfs, since it ws so long ago i couldn't really tell if the weight training to my legs helped my badminton game.

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    I know little and also cared very little as to which muscles in your legs are responsible for which aspect of footwork involved in the game. I would imagine that it'd be a good idea to train all muscles in your lower body right from the hamstrings down to the toes. I play at least twice a week and my calves and hamstrings are considerably bigger than most men's. I'll measure and probably post a picture of them when I get home.

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    not big enough

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    Too big

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    drumstick

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    chopsticks

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    We've had drumsticks and chopsticks - as long as no one says noodles/spaghetti then we should be OK.

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    Originally posted by Dill
    We've had drumsticks and chopsticks - as long as no one says noodles/spaghetti then we should be OK.
    haha, my legs used to be considered as such. However I've been working out for about the last few months (maybe half year) and I can proudly say they're bigger than what they used to be. Still got a way to go though...

    so i'll say they're just bigger than drumsticks

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    Default What a shame

    I don't think this was the type of reply Kc was looking for.

    I play alot of singles and i realise the importance of muscles, footwork in the game.

    I wouldn't mind having some insight into this

    I know little and also cared very little as to which muscles in your legs are responsible for which aspect of footwork involved in the game


    Unfortunately the posted replies don't help answer Kc's questions and neither do they benefit any readers, so why bother posting?

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    From what I know:

    calfs are effective for the sudden change of direction and quickness on the court. It helps with the pre- hop too. quads and hamstrings are more effective for lunging for shots. All three of the above muscles play a part in jumping.

    as for developing these muscles, specific exercises can be found in many previous threads, do a search.

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    I have some friends with skinny legs.. but they can jup very high and change direction very quickly as well... sometimes its not only the muscle mass.. its your muscle fiber.. it can be trained to be a fast twitch or slow twitch.

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    my legs are a bit skinny but on the same filled with strong muscles and last summer I was able to lift 260 pounds with my thighs... so it's not only how big they are but also how strong they are....but have not been training my legs since august so now im only able to lift 130-140 pounds

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    I can lift 340 with my legs. But I don't do that often. Infact, I only did it once to see how much I could lift. But I was able to do 10 reps with that weight. But on a regular basis I lift 150 really fast and many times until my muscles get tired. I don't want a lot of muscle mass (although you can't help but gain it after so long of playing badminton).

    I can cover the court pretty well. I still need to work on my initial take off though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ants
    I have some friends with skinny legs.. but they can jup very high and change direction very quickly as well... sometimes its not only the muscle mass.. its your muscle fiber.. it can be trained to be a fast twitch or slow twitch.
    how would u train muslce fiber?

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    Quads are about 23.5-24 inch.
    Calves are around 15 inch.

    I'm lean too btw.

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    My legs are not small, but they're not like Chen Hong's. I do a lot of weight exercises on my leg. These include:

    Leg Press 420 lbs. 3 sets, 20 reps
    Leg Extension 75 lbs. 3 sets, 20 reps
    Leg Curl: 100 lbs. 3 sets, 20 reps
    Calf Raise: 140 lbs. 3 sets, 20 reps
    Squat: 220 lbs. 3 sets, 20 reps

    I wish my legs had more definition, then they'd look like Chen' s! LOL

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    mine is about a 2-liter coke bottle

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