IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE “QUADS” AND “THIGHS”?
This question was prompted by an article last week WHICH IS BEST SQUAT OF LEG PRES and the answer is yes. There is a big difference.
The “thigh” is made up of many muscles. Among those are the four parts of the “quads” (quadriceps) . Others include the hamstrings on the rear of the thigh, made up of three separate muscles, and the groin muscles, made of five separate muscles called adductors. So the “thigh” is very complex group of muscles.
And the thing is, most people only train a small portion of the muscle in the thigh and then wonder why they don’t have legs like Tom Platz.
Many of the muscles in the three separate groups of muscles in the thigh can be trained using the same (usually compound) exercises by simply changing the width of the stance or a change in foot position during the exercise. But you need a basic understanding of what each muscle does. It sounds complicated but it’s really not. Stand in front of a full length mirror and move you leg in all directions ( forward, backward, in (together), out (apart), rotate left, rotate right, bend at the knee, straighten at the knee) and put your hand on your leg so you feel the muscles and you’ll get a feel for what you need to do to work each muscle.
But there a too many muscles and movements to cover in one article so, over the next few days we’ll cover each one separately; what they do and how to train them.