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Quad Building 101

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Matt Weik looks at the anatomy of the quads, and helps you to build thicker, more massive legs.

Introduction to Quad Building 101

A new course is available at Weik University on building massive quads.  Those interested in sitting through an easy course, no need to look any further because class has just begun.  Everyone is guaranteed an “A” for the course as long as you sit through the course and pay attention (you can take notes if you wish).  From there, all you have to do is take what you learned from the course and utilize it in the gym for massive quad gains.

Let’s start with the basics of Chapter 1 and then get into more detail later on in the course.

Chapter 1:  Anatomy of the Quad

Let’s start off by explaining the anatomy of the quad.  It’s not very complicated and not much to it.  Once you understand how the quad works, you will find it easier to visualize your quad workouts.

The quads are made up of 4 muscles (vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis, rectus femoris). These 4 muscles are found on the front of the thigh. They originate at the top of the femur (largest bone in the leg) and attach down on the tibia.

Quad Anatomy

The rectus femoris, however, is a little different in that it goes across the hip joint and originates on the pelvis itself. It is the combination of low body fat and massive muscle that gives you that nice cut teardrop look on stage. Without low body fat, your hard work will be distorted by fat and water.

The purpose of the quads is to straighten and extend the knee (think about a leg extension). The purpose of the rectus femoris is to extend the knee, but it is also a hip flexor.

Chapter 2:  Different Parts of the Quad

Let’s start off by explaining and defining the quadriceps.  The term “quad” means four.  Therefore the quadriceps is made up of 4 distinct muscles.

The front of the quad is made up of the rectus femoris.  Directly underneath the rectus femoris is the vastus intermedius.  Then on either side of both you will find muscles that run parallel.  These are the vastus medialis (on the inside of the leg) and the vastus lateralis (on the outside of the leg).

Exercises And Workouts

Chapter 3:  Different Quad Exercises

Dickens Lambert Massive Quads

Chapter 4:  Mass Building Quad Workouts

Workout #1

  • Barbell Squats  3x8-12
  • Leg Press  3x8-12
  • Walking Lunges  3x8-12
  • Leg Extension  3x8-12

Workout #2

  • Barbell Squat  3x8-12
  • Barbell Front Squat  3x8-12
  • Barbell Deadlift  3x8-12
  • Barbell Step-Ups  3x8-12

Workout #3

  • Smith Machine Squat  3x8-12
  • Dumbbell Deadlift  3x8-12
  • Close-Stance Leg Press  3x8-12
  • Walking Dumbbell Lunges  3x8-12

Workout #4

  • Jefferson Squat  3x8-12
  • Smith Machine Deadlift  3x8-12
  • Wide-Stance Leg Press  3x8-12
  • Leg Extension  3x8-12

Workout #5

  • One-Leg Squat  3x8-12 (each leg)
  • Bodyweight Jump Squat  3x8-12
  • Hip Abduction  3x8-12
  • Hip Adduction  3x8-12

Course Conclusion

When it comes down to it you want to focus on the mind-muscle connection.  You should really feel each rep and feel the muscle working.  If you don’t feel an exercise in your quads, then you are probably doing it wrong or are using a weight that you can’t handle and are using more than just your quads.

Most of all have fun with your workouts.  If you aren’t having fun, then what’s the point?  Utilize what you learned in this course and see where it takes you.  Good luck and see you at graduation!

*Weik University is not a real college and therefore this is not a real course.  The materials found in this article are those of the author and will not give you college credits (sorry)*

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    Matt writes articles and does interviews for many well known sites and fitness magazines. He is also an author and researcher with his own fitness book.
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