Best Thigh Workouts For All Upper Leg Muscles

Performing only one leg exercise in your workout routine is not enough for developing your thighs.  If you want you want to make them grow and stay strong, you need to hit your thighs from different angles using different exercises which will activate every muscle in your leg.

When it’s time to work-out your chest, you’ll normally perform exercises on an incline, decline and flat bench. We all know that only one exercise doesn’t cut the mustard. This same principle applies to all your muscles, thighs included.

You need to train them with different moves that hit them from various angles. If you neglect them, you might end up with disproportionally muscular body planted on thin legs. To avoid this, and add balance to your physique by making them stronger and well developed, include different exercise that target all the muscles. Bellow we provide you 6 exercises for your thighs.


A slight change of your body position, or foot placement can mean a lot when you want to develop your thigh muscles. So, before going into the specific exercises, will start by several general advices regarding your workout.

1. Use Various Squat Stances

Regardless which muscle group you’re training you need to experiment with your body pose. This allows you to discover which of the exercises is working the targeted muscles, and you can focus on the area that needs greatest attention.

Try alternating between these three different stances when you are doing the squats, and choose which is the best for you.

  1. Wide Squat (toes pointed out)
  2. Shoulder-wide squat (toes slightly out)
  3. Narrow squats (feet at shoulder width and toes straight)

2. Use Various Foot Placements

The chances are that you’ve been performing your leg extension exercises with your feet straight all the time. If you have, than you’ve been missing a lot.

A simple thing like adjusting your foot placement, can significantly change the exercise. Take the leg extensions for an example. By performing this exercise with your toes pointing in, out or straight you apply different tension to the quads.

The change of foot placement during the standing leg curls will provided varied tension to the hamstrings.

3. Perform Various Exercises

You can never achieve a complete muscles workout by performing only one exercise. In order to improve your muscle building process you need to add variety to your training routine, and change it every once in a while. Keep in mind that a well rounded workout routine for each muscle group usually incorporates at least four different exercises that hit the target area from multiple angles.

The following six exercises are the best for activating your quads and hamstrings:

  1. Barbell squats
  2. Goblet squats
  3. Romanian deadlifts
  4. Leg extensions
  5. Standing leg curls
  6. Lying leg curls


You can either incorporate any of these individual thigh exercises in your daily routine, or you can perform them together on the leg day for a complete workout.

#1. Leg Extensions (with your toes rotated in)

1. Sit on machine and place ankles under the roller pads.

2. Raise legs upward until knees are straight.

3. Lower legs back down to start position, knees bent 90 degrees.

4. Pointing your toes inward  internally rotates the tibia to target the inner quad “teardrop” (vastus medialis).


Stick to 20 reps per set. If you are a beginner, you can complete just 2 sets, but ideally you should aim for 3-4 sets.

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