Posted on April 17 2018
Having powerful legs is super important to me not only because I enjoy sports such as running, but also because I have some pain issues and being strong keeps me mobile and agile. The one issue is, I tend to get bored with just squats, and on days were squats are not an option because something is hurting, I need to find another way to work out my quads and thighs. Here are five exercises for quads and thighs that you may not know about but could be a lower impact way to work out this particular area of your body.
Banded Leg Extension
For this exercise, you will need a resistance band. This one is super easy and going to help not only your quads but also your calves. place the resistance band around the middle of your foot and grasp it was two hands. Extend your leg out to a comfortable position, and pull up on the resistance band. now, simply move your foot up and down to work out your calves, or you can get more quad action by lifting your leg higher up and then coming back down.
Chris exercise you will need a kettlebell and whatever weight is comfortable for you. Even a small 5 lb weight like I have will be useful. To do the kettlebell swing, bent over With the Kettlebell, and slightly bend your knees. Now, quickly raise the Kettlebell above your head in a fast motion. Repeat as many times as you can. Make sure to always keep your knees bent slightly and don't lock them.
This exercise requires no equipment. high knees is simply done in a similar fashion as marching. Quickly bring each knee up to your chest or as high as you can go, while maintaining balance. This exercise is also good cardio!
This exercise also requires no equipment although you could do this on a yoga mat if you're more comfortable. Clamshells are a very low impact exercise that work out your inner thighs. Lie on your side with one hand supporting your head and your other hand placed just above your hip. Now bend your knees and bring them together. using your thighs, open your knees and imagine a clam's shell opening and closing.
A static squat is simply a squat where you don't come up and down. My best piece of advice to do squats most effectively is to imagine that there is a small chair that you are trying to bend down to sit on. Now, try to hold the balance for 30 to 60 seconds before coming back up. Use your abdominals to help support this stance as well. Static squats can be good for those that have bad knees where repeated up and down movement would cause pain. Repeat several times.
To make a static squat a bit more challenging, hold a weight such as a kettlebell.
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