Release Tight Quads With This Quick and Easy Stretch


Your quadriceps muscles, AKA your quads, are located on the front of your thighs. You have four quad muscles on each leg, and when it comes to storing tension, these muscles take the cake.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your body has adapted to modern living in ways that require your quads to chronically shorten and overwork. 

Simple things like how you stand, the shoes you wear, and sitting can lead to tight and short quadriceps—which changes how you walk and impacts the knees, spine, and core.

In today’s video, I’ll show you a simple exercise to release quad tightness so you can walk with more freedom and ease and get more out of every step you take.

After you check it out, I’d love to hear how it goes. Drop me a note in the comments below and tell me your story.

To the quads (and cake)!


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5 Responses

  1. Hi Sidney-trying to reach and grab my lower leg wasn’t happening. Too tight. But would the exercise still have benefit if I use a strap to grab and pull the leg?

  2. Hi Sydney, i get my right quads tighten every few days. While, nothing happens with my left quads. What could be the reason and how can i fix this permanently.

    1. Thanks for your question, Jitendra! Generally, when one side is tighter than the other, it means you’re using one side differently. For example, standing with more weight on one leg or sitting more into one side. Without seeing you, I can’t say for certain what the reason is, but noticing ways you might be using your sides differently will be a helpful place to start. Hope this helps!

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