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Seated Leg Curl

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Hamstrings Equipment: Machine Mechanics Type: Isolation Level: Beginner Sport: NoForce: Pull
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Seated Leg Curl Guide

Main Muscle: Hamstrings

  1. Adjust the machine lever to fit your height and sit on the machine with your back against the back support pad.
  2. Place the back of lower leg on top of padded lever (just a few inches under the calves) and secure the lap pad against your thighs, just above the knees. Then grasp the side handles on the machine as you point your toes straight (or you can also use any of the other two stances) and ensure that the legs are fully straight right in front of you. This will be your starting position.
  3. As you exhale, pull the machine lever as far as possible to the back of your thighs by flexing at the knees. Keep your torso stationary at all times. Hold the contracted position for a second.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position as you breathe in.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: Do not ever use so much weight on the exercise that you start using swinging and jerking as you can risk both lower back injury and also a hamstring tear.

Variations: Since you have three foot positions you have in reality three exercises.

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Apr 6, 2016 5:55 AM: this exercise will destroy your knee

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Mar 30, 2016 2:37 AM: Liing leg curl is an alternative exercises.

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Feb 22, 2016 4:31 AM: you can replace it with "Lying Leg Curls" because I couldn't find this seated one in my GYM

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May 20, 2015 6:10 PM: sub for lying curl

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Mar 24, 2015 8:25 AM:
Does anyone actually bring the dumbells to the machines to do the superset? I would feel like I am hogging the machine if I get up to do the dumbbell exercise. (Gym newbie)

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Feb 15, 2015 7:06 PM: I don'T like it, but doing it.

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Oct 2, 2014 1:48 AM: Help? :)
When I use this machine, it feels like I am hurting my knees. The same thing happens when I use this type of machine for my quads.
Why does this happen? What can I do to avoid this in my knees?

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Sep 9, 2014 9:21 PM: 4 sets of 15 to 20 reps 100 pounds

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Sep 3, 2014 10:45 AM: standing single leg curl is an alternative

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