Thigh trainers call this "the best exercise."


This is the classic lower-body exercise. It works all of your major leg muscles, including the quads, and looks like a lot of everyday movements.


This functional exercise builds the quad strength you need for all kinds of daily tasks, like hiking or carrying something up a flight of stairs.

Split Squat

The split squat is a great way to start working with one leg at a time. It makes your front quad work harder than usual.

Squat Jump

This plyometric version of everyone's favorite leg day move requires power, upping the ante for your quads and raising your heart rate.

Goblet Squat

This must-do move makes it easy to add weight to your squats (and shows your back and abs some love, too).



Curtsy Lunge

This type of lunge works your quads as well as your inner thighs and outer glutes more than most.

Pistol Squat

This exercise not only works your single-leg strength, but also your dynamic balance.

Isometric Squat

Isometrics are a great way to really tire out your legs at the end of a workout. They look easy, but they are not.

Quads workout: what's best?

You can also use a wide range of weights, which puts the most stress on your muscle fibers and helps them grow.

Quads without squats?

Both also help with stability and muscle imbalances, which is a plus. Earnest says that cardio favorites also work the quads and make them stronger.

What makes the quads weak?

Most likely, it's because you spend most of your day sitting at a computer. Earnest says that a sedentary job and the way you live