As an athlete, you are probably aware that you need to strengthen your quads. But do you really know why these muscles are so important, and how to effectively train them? Read on to find out.
The quadriceps, those large muscles on the front of your thighs, are responsible for extending the knee, and they are one of the main power generators for triple extension movements, like running, jumping, or kicking a ball. They are engaged in virtually every athletic movement.
To train your quads in a way that will improve your performance on the field, you need to increase strength and power. Building big quads with Leg Extensions is not the way to go. Instead, you need to perform multi-joint movements in an explosive manner.
Add the following quad-focused lower-body routines to your program and transform your quads into power machines. Perform both during your lower-body workout after a dynamic warm-up.
Continue alternating workouts to develop your quads and overall lower-body strength. Make sure to vary your exercise selection to continue making strength gains.
Although posterior-chain exercises do not specifically target the quads, you need to strengthen the muscles on the back of your lower body to avoid imbalances. As your quad strength increases, you also need to strengthen your hamstrings and glutes.