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Quadricep Exercises

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Updated June 15, 2014

Quadricep Exercises

Straight Leg Raise

Photo © Dr. Laura Inverarity

The Quadriceps:

The quadriceps are a large group of muscles located on the front of the thigh. Four muscles are in this group -- the rectus femoris, vastus intermedius, vastus medialis, and vastus lateralis. By contracting together, they work to straighten the knee and bend the thigh. Strengthening the quadriceps is an important part of a well rounded rehabilitation program. Learn three easy exercises today.

Straight Leg Raise:

While lying on your back, lift your leg straight up about 12 inches off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and slowly lower. Repeat.

Quad Press:

While lying on your back, pressing the back of your knee flat against the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat.

Heel Slide:

While lying on your back, bend your knee as you slowly slide the heel of one leg up toward your buttock. Slide as far as you can and hold for five seconds. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat again.

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