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Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2010

I subbed a Nia class in another part of San Jose today and so I had a different group of participants, and the routine we did today has a lot of bows in it.  Watching the class do the bow stance made me think of how a bow is somewhat of a lunge. Reminded me how we really do work a lot of muscles in our Nia workouts with all of the different exercises we do.  The bow stance is one of Nia’s 52 Moves.

Did you know you Quadriceps are made up for four muscles?  Maybe, but since we always say, “quads” we might be thinking of them as one muscle.  Of course, when we stop to think about it we understand that “quad” means four so it makes sense that quadriceps is four muscles.

Basically they work together.  It is not as if you can work just one.  Our quads extend the leg and flex the thigh.   They move our thigh towards our chest and kick our foot out (as an example).  Quads would be included in a “Push” workout.    Lunges and squats target the quadriceps.

I am pretty sure you knew that the quadriceps were four muscles, but I thought I would just remind you.

2 Responses to “Quadriceps”

  1. Hi Terre! I love working with anatomy. It’s one of the things I loved most about teaching Yoga and I continue to use that knowledge in Nia.

    One of the ways I began to learn anatomy was by doing exactly what you are inferring…”quads” means there are 4 of them (now remembering their names is another subject!). I loved how I learned that the “Hamstrings” were “the 3 little pigs”. I still refer to them as that.

    I’m incredibly impressed with the photos/illustrations that you post on your blogs. I would love to request that you continue to do this. And if I have another wish left, I’d love for you to do the Hamstrings next!!!

    Love to you Terre!



    • Hello Jill,

      I love that Nia DOES work with anatomy. You know that Debbie Rosas, the co-creator of Nia wanted to be a doctor. So she loves to share the science and anatomy of Nia. I believe that the science of Nia is one of the reasons it feels so great because they have called upon all that knowledge to use it in Nia.

      I am sure I have heard that the hamstrings were the three little pigs, but I didn’t used to (but I probably will now, thanks, Jill!) remember them like that. 🙂

      I am trying to use only pictures I take on my blog. I don’t know how long that will last. It takes a lot of time.

      I did a little post on the Hamstrings: https://terrepruitt.com/2009/11/14/hamstrings/

      Love to you, too, Miss Wonderful Jill!

      Thank you for reading and commenting!


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