also known as the VMO
or "the teardrop muscle".
It's a quad on the inside of your leg right above the knee.
This muscle has caused me no end to misery on the slopes because it wears out really quick for me, and I have to pause because they are so painful.
Never fails, but just hurts so much that I have to stop. Really kills my babe action with the vegetarian librarian skier women. They like to ski fast and never stop, go figure.
Anyway, I'm slightly bowlegged and duck footed and all my serious weight lifting at the gym bypassed this muscle. The leg extension machine would work my other quads, but I had my feet straight and it by passed this little muscle!
So I've got my www.musclehack.com techniques all pointing at my Vastus medialis: rep to failure, timed rests, super protein and nutrients. And careful study of where the POP is. (Peak Optimization Point--where the muscle recovers and responds by getting bigger for a 24 hour window. . . you break it again inside that window, rinse, and repeat and so on)
Wish I had figured this out 2 or 3 months before the season. Oh well.
Here are 2 good videos that explain the exercises I will be doing. Pretty sure I can make them grow like crazy with the right science and also focus on endurance reps at sometime in there.
I am one happy skier.
Just thought I would share this if someone else has this "burning quads" problem. It is a known issue with bowlegged people because they have to "fire they're quads" all the time to stay skiing straight.