Blocking major shapes should be the first part of any drawing. Then placing shapes relative to the major shapes becomes much easier. Something so simple and logical should come to you naturally but one never thinks about such stuff when drawing (at least till now I never did!).
Below are the some of the drawings that aren’t good in the line quality and limb placement. The main problem is that I started top down on these i.e drawing head, upper limbs then the torso and then the legs. For the drawings below I went for drawing major masses of the body i.e chest and hips first, then the head, after that placed limbs relative to the torso.
The line quality is still horrible but the figures turned out nice I think. [Note to self: Ellipses usually serve as a good base, but for muscular body types (usually males) blocky shapes are better]