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Leg Extensions

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Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Quadriceps
Equipment: Machine
Mechanics Type: Isolation
Level: Beginner
Sport: No
Force: Push
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Leg Extensions Guide

Main Muscle: Quadriceps

  1. For this exercise you will need to use a leg extension machine. First choose your weight and sit on the machine with your legs under the pad (feet pointed forward) and the hands holding the side bars. This will be your starting position. Tip: You will need to adjust the pad so that it falls on top of your lower leg (just above your feet). Also, make sure that your legs form a 90-degree angle between the lower and upper leg. If the angle is less than 90-degrees then that means the knee is over the toes which in turn creates undue stress at the knee joint. If the machine is designed that way, either look for another machine or just make sure that when you start executing the exercise you stop going down once you hit the 90-degree angle.
  2. Using your quadriceps, extend your legs to the maximum as you exhale. Ensure that the rest of the body remains stationary on the seat. Pause a second on the contracted position.
  3. Slowly lower the weight back to the original position as you inhale, ensuring that you do not go past the 90-degree angle limit.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of times.

Variations: As mentioned at in the foot positioning section, you can use various foot positions in order to maximize stimulation of certain thigh areas. Also, you can perform the movement unilaterally (one leg at a time).



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Review: Leg Extensions

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10/10

Jul 16, 2014 1:14 PM: I works wonders for me as a finishing exercise in a leg day, it's definitely not a primary exercise but it's a great burner and muscle motivator.



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May 14, 2014 5:52 AM: this is good



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Mar 22, 2014 9:51 PM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u482n2iMmQ



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Mar 20, 2014 8:33 AM: I love this one .When i'm stressed ido this one more then any!



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3/10

Mar 7, 2014 2:33 AM: What's a good alternative for the exercise? The gym I'm at doesn't have this machine. :/



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8/10

Feb 9, 2014 11:00 AM: I found lowering the bar slowly really gets up in there.



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Jul 26, 2013 5:36 PM: Nice



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Review: Leg Extensions

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8/10

Jul 23, 2013 8:30 AM: I'm on day 18 of fit live, why doesn't anything target the glutes?



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Jun 14, 2013 2:15 AM: Top



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Tip: Leg Extensions

Exercise Rating
10/10

Jun 6, 2013 4:35 AM: A long time staple, useful in addition to Squats or Leg Press. Start off nice and light until you learn the correct from- no hyper extending of the knee joint!



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