Quadriceps Exercises

Learn how to do all of our Quad Exercises and Immediately Add to your Leg Workouts


Welcome to our Quadriceps Exercises Main Page!

Quadriceps exercises work your thighs: the large, powerful muscles on the front side of the leg utilized in most athletic movements and leg exercises.

If you are trying to strengthen your quads, these exercises are especially important because With the right amount of training, people will address you as, "Quadzilla"−your boss, teachers at school, your grandma, whoever eventually writes your obituary, random strangers in public, etc.

Shut up and let me skip to the exercises!

Here we've linked to all of our weight training exercises that primarily target the Quadriceps. On Each individual Leg Exercise page you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips so you can add immediately to your Leg Workouts and other Weight Training Programs.

Our slew of Quadriceps Exercises is divided below by equipment required resulting in the following sections for this muscle:
Click on the links above or continue reading below to view each Quadriceps Exercises section. Also, make sure to view our Best Leg Exercises list if you want to jump to the top five Leg Exercises we've chosen from our massive list of Calf Exercises, Glute Exercises, Hamstring Exercises, and Quad Exercises.

Barbell Quad Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell Hack SquatQuads, Calves, Forearms, Hamstrings, GlutesBarbell
Barbell LungesQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Barbell SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Barbell Squats to BenchQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Bulgarian Split SquatQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell, Bench
Front SquatQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Front Squat to BenchQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell, Bench
Jefferson SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Overhead SquatQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower Back, ShouldersBarbell
Reverse Barbell LungeQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Side LungeQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Hip AbductorsBarbell
Side Split SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Hip Abductors, Lower BackBarbell
Single Leg Barbell SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Speed Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Step Ups Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell, Bench
Wide Stance Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Zecher Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell

Dumbbell Quad Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Dumbbell Lunge Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsDumbbells, Bench
Reverse Dumbbell Lunge Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsDumbbells
Dumbbell Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackDumbbells
Dumbbell Squats to Bench Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackDumbbells, Bench
Dumbbell Step Ups Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsDumbbells, Bench
Split Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Hip FlexorsDumbbells
Sumo Squats Quads, Abs, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsDumbbells
Walking Lunges Quads, Abs, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsDumbbells
Weighted Sissy Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackDumbbells or Weight Plate

Weight Machine Quad Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Machine Hack Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsMachine
Leg Extensions QuadsMachine
Leg Press Exercise Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsMachine
Lying SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsMachine
Narrow Stance Hack Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsMachine
Narrow Stance Leg Press Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsMachine
Smith Machine Hack Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsSmith Machine
Smith Machine Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackSmith Machine


Leg Exercises by Primary Muscle Trained

If you're through with quads but want to access more weight lifting exercises, head to our
Weight Training Exercises main page or link directly to all of our Leg Exercises.

Our Leg Exercises are broken down in to quadriceps exercises as well as the following pages:

Our Most Popular Leg Exercises:

Rather than viewing our weight training exercises by primary muscle, check out these popular Leg Exercises. Each page links to all of the variations of these popular lower body exercises.

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