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Standing Quadriceps Stretch (Leg Stretches)

Leg Stretches: Standing Quadriceps Stretch

Improve your posture and flexibility with stretching! If you run, jog or even do a lot of squats and other leg-focused moves, you’ll want to stretch your quadriceps.

This muscle group consists of four muscles:

  • The Vastus Lateralis
  • The Vastus Intermedius
  • The Vastus Medialis
  • The Rectus Femoris

They enable these moves:

  • Knee extension
  • Hip flexion

Stretching your quads can help you improve your squatting movement, but it can also aid in recovery.

How To: Standing Quadriceps Stretch

  • Stand next to a wall (for support).
  • Bend your right leg and grab your right foot.
  • Pull your right foot closer to your glutes as you breathe out.
  • Keep your back straight and chest extended. Your knees should be close to one another.
  • Hold the stretch for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat on the other leg.

This stretch helps release the muscles that are targeted during a typical leg day. Just finished doing leg presses and weighted squats? Then this stretch is for you!

Check out our articles for more:

  • Lower back stretches
  • Glute stretches
  • Shoulder stretches
  • And more!

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