The leg extension is a simple, classic exercise targeting the quadriceps muscles. This exercise is great for anyone who needs to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee to provide more stability and support. You can do this exercise on a leg extension machine, but this seated version can be done anytime, anywhere. Add ankle weights or a resistance band for more intensity. You can also sit on an exercise ball to make the move more difficult.
- Sit tall in a chair or on a ball with the abs engaged.
- Keeping the body stable, straighten the right leg, foot flexed, and try to bring it up until the leg is parallel to the floor.
- Lower the leg back down, lightly touching the heel to the floor, and repeat for 16-20 reps before switching sides.
- You'll feel this in the front of the thighs as well as in the hip flexors of the working leg.