4 Must-Do Post-Workout Quadricep Stretches

Lying Quad Stretch 

Lie on the ground and turn onto your right side. Bring your left heel to your glutes. Reach back with your left hand and pull your heel to your butt. Just like the standing quad stretch, you'll hold this position for 20 seconds before switching sides. The only difference is you don't need to worry about balance, which allows you to get a deeper stretch. 

Kneeling Wall Quad Stretch

First, fold a towel or mat and place it in front of a wall. Turn your back to the wall and kneel down, placing your right knee on the padding you just put down. 

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At this point you should be in a lunge position: Your right knee is on the towel and the left foot is planted on the ground. Make sure your right foot is touching the wall. If it doesn't touch, slightly scoot back and point your toe so the front of your right foot is flat on the wall. Slowly begin to press into your left foot while leaning back toward the wall to intensify the stretch. Hold this position for 30 seconds before switching sides. 

Foam Roll the Quads

Using a foam roller on your thighs breaks up tight tissue and ligaments, while increasing blood flow to the quad muscles.

Start in a plank position, but keep your right thing on the floor. Now, take the foam roller and place it under your right thigh toward the groin. Slowly begin to lower your bodyweight onto the foam roller. Gently walk your hands forward and back, allowing the roller to roll up and down between your upper thigh and knee. 

Always speak to your doctor before starting any new fitness program.

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Joe Vennare

Joe Vennare, one of the nation's top trainers, is a freelance writer and a fitness entrepreneur who created Hybrid Athlete, Kettlebell Cardio? and Race Day Domination.
Joe Vennare, one of the nation's top trainers, is a freelance writer and a fitness entrepreneur who created Hybrid Athlete, Kettlebell Cardio? and Race Day Domination.

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