Thigh Exercises

Leg Muscles: Leg muscles support body weight when doing most activities, like walking, running and jogging. Building the leg muscles will strengthen the body and build endurance. Most of the biggest and strongest muscles are present in thigh and legs include some of the biggest and strongest muscles in the body. Legs are store house of 50% of the total human muscles. Legs contain are number of muscles: Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Glutes, Calves… see below for more details.

Thighs/Quadriceps Exercises

Below is the list of Thighs/Quadriceps exercises with Barbells :

Barbell Full Squat Barbell Hack Squat
Barbell Lunge Barbell Side Split Squat
Barbell Squat Barbell Squat To A Bench
Barbell Step Ups Box Squat
Box Squat with Chains Box Squat with Bands
Clean Deadlift Hang Clean from Blocks
Clean From Blocks Clean Pull
Frankenstein Squat Front Barbell Squat
Front Barbell Squat To A Bench Front Squat (Clean Grip)
Hang Clean Hang Clean (Below the Knee)
Heaving Snatch Balance Jefferson Squats
Jerk Dip Squat Narrow Stance Squats
Olympic Squat One Leg Barbell Squat
One-Arm Side Deadlift Overhead Squat
Power Clean from Blocks Power Jerk
Power Snatch from Blocks Reverse Band Box Squat
Reverse Band Power Squat Snatch
Snatch Balance Speed Squats
Split Clean Split Jerk
Squat Jerk Squat with Bands
Squat with Chains Weighted Sissy Squat
Wide Stance Barbell Squat Zercher Squats
Single Leg Split Squat Side Split Squat
Full Squat Trap Bar Squat
Step Ups Barbell Lunge
Barbell Side Lunge Barbell Walking Lunge
Single Leg Squat Split Squat
Front Squat  

Below are the Thighs/Quadriceps Exercises with Body

Squats All Fours Quad Stretch
Freehand Jump Squat Rear Leg Raises
Isoexplosive squats Single leg balance squats
Double Leg Ski Squat Jump And Stick
Jump Squat Plie Squats
Lunge with jumps Toss and Lunge
Skater Lunge Rear Lunges
Side lunges Lunges

Below is the list of Thighs/Quadriceps exercises with Cabels :

Squats with Belt Single Arm Split Squat
Two Arm Split Squat Single Leg Split Squat
Cable Hip Adduction Rear Lunge
Standing Leg Extension Step Ups
Step Down  

Below is the list of Thighs/Quadriceps exercises with Dumbbells :

Dumbbell Lunges Dumbbell Rear Lunge
Dumbbell Squat Dumbbell Squat To A Bench
Dumbbell Step Ups Plie Dumbbell Squat
Single Leg Squat Single Leg Split Squat
Split Squat Lateral Step Up
Lateral Step Down Weighted sissy squat
Lateral Lunges Walking Lunge

Below is the list of Thighs/Quadriceps exercises with Kettlebells :

Front Squats With Two Kettlebells Goblet Squat
Kettlebell Pistol Squat One-Arm Overhead Kettlebell Squats
Overhead Split Squat  

Below is the list of Thighs/Quadriceps exercises with Machines :

Bicycling, Stationary Elliptical Trainer
Hack Squat Jogging-Treadmill
Leg Extensions Leg Press
Lying Machine Squat Narrow Stance Hack Squats
Narrow Stance Leg Press Running, Treadmill
Recumbent Bike Rowing, Stationary
Smith Machine Squat Smith Single-Leg Split Squat
Stairmaster Step Mill
Hack Squats Leg Extensions
45° Leg Press Hack Press
Lying Leg Press Seated Leg Press
V Squat Vertical Leg Press
Rear Lunge

Squats * Lunges * Standing Calf Raise * Leg Curl * Leg Extension * Leg Press * Step Up * Straight Leg Deadlift * Romanian (stiff Legged) Deadlift * Hip Raise or Bridge * Single arm Dumbbell Swing * Wall Squats * Seated Butterfly * Seated Calf Raise *


The leg muscles include the front thigh muscles (Quadriceps or Quads), back thigh muscles (Hamstring), inner thigh muscles (Adductors), outer thigh muscles (Abductors), calf muscles (the Gastrocnemius) & the Gluteus maximus, located in the butt.

Because the leg muscles are the largest in the body, building these muscles raises the metabolism which in turn burns more calories even when resting and so benefits weight loss. Exercises like lunges, squats and leg extensions target specific muscles and should be included as part of an overall exercise workout.



Whether your aim is marathon running or just fitness, increasing your leg strength can be highly beneficial to your overall health. Focus on muscle-building to improve leg strength. Squats, stair climbing, leg curl are all suitable for toned yet strong legs.

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