Best Ways to Strengthen Quads and Hamstrings

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After thinking about my last post on knee injuries, I thought it would be a good idea to find out some of the best exercises to strengthen up the quadriceps and hamstrings. Keeping these muscles strong can help to prevent knee injuries. Of course, if you have already experienced any type of injury, find out the proper exercises to perform from your doctor or physical therapist.

The Squat

This is one of my favorite exercises and when done properly you will feel the burn throughout your quads. It can be performed with or without weights. The muscles that are working in the squat include the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Hamstring Curls

The hamstring curl is a popular exercise in terms of protecting the knee from injury. There are various ways to perform the exercise. It works the hamstring and glute muscles. Most people use the machines at the gym, but if you don't have acces to those, you can also use a stability ball.

There are other various exercises that are good for both quads and hamstrings. Some of them include:

  • Deadlift
  • Lunges
  • Bridge

There are variations on most of these exercises as well but for the most part the squat and hamstring curl should be good exercises to get started on strenthening those quads and hamstrings.

Do you have any suggestions for these muscles?

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  1. Merry April 30, 2009
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