The Legs Feed the Wolf: Our Favorite Leg Accessory Work

September 12, 2017

The Legs Feed the Wolf: Our Favorite Leg Accessory Work
Written by Jaimie Bougie


“The Legs Feed the Wolf.”

You may or may not have heard your coach say that or seen someone post that as a caption on Instagram.

But what the hell does that even mean?!

It’s actually one of my favorite gym quotes so I’m more than happy to explain it!

The quote actually comes from Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. He wanted his team to focus on leg strength and endurance, as he knew they would need it to beat the Russians.

Essentially, the quote stems from the hunting behavior of wolves who must chase down and outrun their prey in order to eat and survive. Wolves with weak legs = a starving wolf.

So, how does this relate to weightlifting?

Well, if you think about it, you use leg drive in basically every lift that you do for Olympic lifting. You drive through your legs when you snatch and clean, and you need strong legs to stand up any heavy clean you get under. Even with the jerk, the leg strength is used for the upward acceleration of the bar and for supporting the weight in the receiving position and recovery [1].

So how do you feed your wolves? (aka - make your legs strong af?)

Here’s a list of some of our favorite leg accessory drills that you can add in after you squat sessions.

  • Bulgarian Split Squats
  • Weighted Walking Lunges
  • Barbell Hip Thrusts
  • Glute Ham Raises
  • Single Leg RDLs
  • Good Mornings
  • Sumo Deadlifts
  • Pull Throughs

Now go grow those wolves!


References

[1] Correcting Jerk Weaknesses by Greg Everett, Catalyst Athletics



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