How to Stretch the Quads on Stair Steps

A simple stairway can help you stretch your quads.
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After an extreme workout at a boot camp, your quadriceps are still sore and stiff despite the cool-down you performed after training. Whether you live in an apartment or a two-story house, you can use the stairs to stretch your aching thighs. Any flight of stairs will do the job, from household steps to large, stadium steps. Be careful that you don't get too eager and overstretch your quads.

Step 1

Stand at the bottom of the stairs and face the steps. Put your right foot on top of a step about 2 feet away from your other foot, allowing your left hip to extend.

Step 2

Put your hands on your right knee and shift your weight toward your right foot.

Step 3

Breathe deeply and slowly as you relax your pelvis, allowing your body to naturally sink downward. You should feel a stretch in your quads. Increase the distance between your feet if you don't feel the stretch. Keep your left heel on the floor as you hold the stretch for five to six deep breaths. Keep your pelvis square, meaning that the pelvis should be facing forward without excessive rotation or lateral tilt.

Step 4

Switch leg position and repeat the stretch on the opposite leg.

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