This video shows how to strengthen the top of the thighs (quadriceps) which are one of the largest and most needed muscles for all activities in daily movement. This exercise is also a gentle way to build muscle without overloading the joint. The quadriceps are the “thigh extensor” muscles which mean that you want to work from flexed knee to straight leg position to gain full benefit. Tighten the band to find a tension that you feel in the tops of your thighs and buttock muscles. These large muscles are the ones that are used any time you move from sitting to standing such as standing out of chair, use the toilet and walk up and down stairs or a curb. Because they are such large muscles their benefit kicks in quickly and are very beneficial to fatigue and function.
Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.
You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.
*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.