Standing Quadricep Stretch

 

Difficulty:

3

Equipment Needed:

No Equipment

Workout type:

Balance/Agility, Yoga/Stretching/Flexibility

Body focus:

Instructions

Stand with feet together. Bend your left leg, bringing your heel up towards your butt. Grab your foot with your left hand to hold it in this position. Keep your spine straight, chest pushed slightly upwards, and leg pulled back and up. Hold for at least 20 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side.

Purpose of the exercise

This Quadricep Stretch is a great move for the muscles through the top of the thigh known often as the quads. It is a large group of muscles that can be easily injured if not warmed up properly before strenuous activity. When you combine light cardio with this kind of move before jumping into a full blown workout, you can use this exercise to avoid injury and increase flexibility. This should also be done after a workout, as part of a cool down routine, as well.

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