I avoid weird thigh machines. Am I missing anything IMPORTANT, aside from looking girly?

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Carl, Doylestown, PA asked:

I avoid weird thigh machines. Am I missing anything IMPORTANT, aside from looking girly?

Answer:

The muscles on the sides of your legs serve as shock absorbers for your knees and lower back, so they're critical for raising your game and reducing injury risk.
Try lateral tube walks or side squats on a slide board. Stand on the board and sit back at your hips as you slide your left foot to the side until your leg is straight. Slide to a standing position and repeat six to 10 times with each leg.