The quads, also known as the quadriceps, are the large muscles on the top of your upper legs. They're one of the most important muscle groups because you work your quads when you walk, run, and jump. Strong quads make for strong knee joints, and having loosened quads prevents injury. When your quads are too tight, it puts pressure on your hamstrings, which makes your hamstrings more susceptible to injury. Most people experience pain in their quadriceps because they've lost flexibility in this area. It's important to stretch and warm up your quads before you work out, no matter what kind of exercise you intend to do.
The following two yoga-with-weights exercises strengthen, stretch, and lengthen your quad muscles and give greater stability to your knees.
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