Prone terminal knee extension (Strength)

Prone terminal knee extension (Strength)

What you should feel?? When performed correctly, you will feel a “burn” or fatigue build up in the muscles of the leg performing the exercise.


  • Laying face down with a towel or foam roller under your mid-shin
  • Lift the knee off the floor by squeezing the quadriceps
  • Squeeze the knee as far as you can and hold for about 4-5 seconds or for the agreed amount of time
  • Slowly release the contraction and continue with the set
  • Squeeze the quads firmly to full extension
  • Repeat until you have finished the set

Main muscles targeted:

  • Quads
  • More specifically vastus medialis obliqus

Main benefits:

This exercise is a starting point for many post-operative knee rehab programs. It can also be used when the knee has inflammatory issues which prevents full range strength at the time. It is also a way to isolate and focus on the vastus medialis obliqus muscle which is important in patella stability.