Quad and Thigh Stretch Videos

Watch the quad and thigh stretching videos below to improve your quad and thigh flexibility and relieve tight thigh muscles.

by Brad Walker | First Published August 21, 2010 | Updated September 2, 2017

Thigh stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the quad and thigh muscles. Good thigh flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the upper leg.

Sports that benefit from the quad and thigh stretches below include: Cycling; Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering and Orienteering; Ice Hockey and Field Hockey; Ice Skating, Roller Skating and Inline Skating; Martial Arts; Running, Track and Cross Country; running sports like Football, Soccer, Gridiron and Rugby; Snow Skiing and Water Skiing; Surfing; Walking and Race Walking.

Quad and Thigh Muscles being Stretched

During the following thigh stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the quad and thigh that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following thigh stretches.

  • Vastus Medialis, Lateralis and Intermedius
  • Rectus Femoris
  • Iliacus
  • Psoas Major and Minor

Kneeling Quad and Thigh Stretch (1:20) Kneel on one foot and the other knee. If needed, hold on to something to keep your balance. Push your hips forward. Regulate the intensity of this stretch by pushing your hips forward. If need be, place a towel or mat under your knee for comfort. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.

Standing Quad and Thigh Stretch (1:21) Stand upright while balancing on one leg. Pull your other foot up behind your buttocks and keep your knees together while pushing your hips forward. Hold on to something for balance. This position can put undue pressure on the knee joint and ligaments. Anyone with knee pain or knee injury should avoid this stretch. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.

Lying on-your-side Quad and Thigh Stretch (1:28) Lie on your side and pull your top leg behind your buttocks. Keep your knees together and push your hips forward. This position can put undue pressure on the knee joint and ligaments. Anyone with knee pain or knee injury should avoid this stretch. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.

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