If you’re looking to run faster or jump higher, you’ll probably need to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstrings in your thighs and the gluteus maximus muscle in your butt. Bodybuilders or anyone else seeking a chiseled physique should also perform exercises targeting the glutes, quads and hamstrings. Straight-leg deadlifts and barbell squats target the hamstrings and quadriceps in your thighs, respectively. Both exercises also work your gluteus maximus. Work your glutes and thighs two or three times per week. Allow 48 hours between workouts. Warm up with at least five minutes of aerobic exercise before you work your thighs and butt.
Stand on a small raised platform — to allow for greater range of motion — and set a barbell on the floor just in front of your ankles.
Grasp the barbell with an overhand, shoulder-width grip and stand up straight with your arms extended downward.