Bodybuilding veteran Lee Labrada is back sharing some useful workout tips. In a recent Instagram video, the 62-year-old walked fans through a demanding leg training session consisting of four different movements.
“Try this leg workout. Because there’s little loading on the spine, it’s great if you’re older or have a nagging low back injury,” Lee Labrada shared.
Lee Labrada made his mark in the IFBB back in the 1980s and 1990s. He used his balanced proportions, conditioning, and posing skills as great weapons throughout his prime. While he never won a prestigious Sandow trophy, Lee finished runner-up at Olympia for four consecutive years. He shared the stage with several icons like Lee Haney, Rich Gaspari, and Samir Bannout.
An IFBB Hall of Famer, Lee Labrada stopped competing years ago, but his son, Hunter Labrada, picked up the torch after his father stepped away. Hunter is a Men’s Open division standout and recently performed at the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest, which took place a few weeks ago. At the event, Labrada was unable to move up from last year. He left Sin City in seventh place, down three spots from 2021 Olympia.
Instead of recapping the recent Olympia contest, Lee Labrada continues to share the knowledge he’s gained after a lengthy bodybuilding tenure. The last time we heard from Labrada he reflected on staying fit at 62. This time, he’s sharing a safe and effective leg workout.
Lee Labrada Smashes Safe Leg Day Training Session
Labrada advised anyone watching to warm up properly before proceeding with any working sets.
“Make sure you warm up before going to your working sets. Just some leg training ideas I wanted to share…” Lee Labrada posted.
- Bulgarian split squat x4 12 reps
- Belt squats x4 12 reps
- Leg extensions x4 12 reps
- Leg curls x6 12 reps
For belt squats, Labrada emphasized the positioning of one’s feet while hitting reps.
“Working set here. Straps right on the hips. Going to grab this so I’m as close to the front [of the machine] as I can. Set my feet and away we go. Back straight, down into the squat position, and then back up.”
Labrada demonstrated how to effectively perform leg extensions next.
“The idea is to basically to come up and extend. I go just shy of lock-up and then bring it back down slowly to the starting position and then back up. The important thing is to keep the tension on the muscles throughout the exercise,” says Lee Labrada while performing leg extensions.
Before wrapping up the demonstration, he shared a few pointers on leg curls as well.
“Next up is the leg curl machine as we call it. The idea here is to lock the hips into place the best you can and essentially just curl the weight up using the hamstrings and back of your legs. It’s pretty self-evident.”
Even though he’s gotten older, Lee’s dedication to fitness hasn’t waned in the slightest. He likes to share various workouts that center around safe practices and longevity. According to Labrada, bodybuilding is the closest thing the fitness community has to the fountain of youth.
In addition to exercising, Lee’s knowledge regarding diet and nutrition has grown tremendously over the past several years. Labrada stresses the importance of consuming protein in both pre-workout and post-workout settings. When it comes to restoring glycogen lost in muscles during workouts, Labrada named bananas, bagels, and granola as ideal options for promoting muscle growth and recovery.
Considering his fitness level at 62, it’s evident Labrada still attacks the gym with the same determination he brought to the Olympia stage years ago.