Quads: Exercises, Anatomy And Tips!

Find out what exercises work best for your Quads! The smarter you are, the bigger you'll get!

Anatomy Of The Quads

The Quads

Major Muscles That Act On Hip & Knee Joints:

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Rectus femoris





Top Quad Exercises


Tips: Position a barbell on the back of the shoulders and grasp bar to the sides. Put your feet at shoulder width with your toes and knees slightly pointed outwards. Descend until knees and hips are fully bent. Extend knees and hips until legs are straight. Return and repeat. Some people believe this is damaging to your knee, but others believe it is a great exercise. Can also be done with dumbbells in your hands instead or on the Smith machine.

Tips: Hold a barbell behind you at arm's length. Keep the bar tucked against your butt and upper thighs. Palms up, facing back, and your hands as wide as your hips. Turn wrists up to lock bar solidly. Bars stays this way at all times! With your head and eyes up and your feet firmly on the floor at shoulder width, squat until your upper thighs are parallel to the floor. Return slowly to the starting position. Can also be done with your heels slightly elevated on a small block.

Tips: Place a barbell on your upper back. Lift your chest up and look straight ahead. Position your right leg forward in a long stride. Your foot should be far enough in front of you so that when you bend your right knee, your thigh and lower leg form a right angle. Slowly bend your knees, lowering your hips so your rear knee just clears the floor. Pause briefly in this position, then slowly straighten your legs and raise your body back up to a standing position. Complete a full set, then switch legs and repeat, or alternate legs for each rep. Make sure your knee does NOT travel past your toes in the down position! Can also be done with dumbbells in each hand instead of using a barbell.

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