I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.
Q is for Quads
Strong, lean, lovely quads make you feel great. If you complain of “big legs” then decide whether you think it’s mainly body fat or muscle. For the majority of people it will mainly be a little excess body fat, so there’s no reason to avoid lower body exercises to add a little bit of muscle mass to increase their firmness. The body fat will then decrease over time when working in tandem with diet and exercise (more on “toning” soon. And I mean “diet” as a whole rather than going on “a diet.”)
I’d also like to add that 99% of women (made up statistic, but you get the idea) have cellulite on the backs of their legs and there’s nothing to be ashamed of – many have to be at a very low bodyfat level to get rid of it completely. Focus on muscular development instead.
The Quads are made up of four muscles. There’re lots of different exercises out there so there’s no excuse for your workouts to get stale – add variety! Doing compound exercises including different types of squats, lunges, split squats, and using the leg press, will help hit the quads as well as the hamstrings and glutes. You can then also use the leg extension machine or do sissy squats to help isolate them further.
Photography by Derek Bremner