Strong, stable, sufficiently stretched quads are the secret ingredient to everything from straighter knees to fully extended arabesques. But what are the most effective ways to get them? Dance Spirit turned to Michael Gernold, a personal trainer with Progressive Personal Training in NYC, for a crash course on lengthening and strengthening your quads.
Photos by Erin Baiano. Modeled by Shannon Mcavoy.
1. Start by stepping with your left leg into a large forward lunge, keeping your right leg behind you, your right knee bent and just above the floor, and your core fully engaged.
Wall Sits with a Twist
1. Start standing with your back against a stable, sturdy wall, with your legs shoulder-width apart and your toes pointed forward.
A version of this story appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Quad Goals."