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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: No
Force: 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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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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10/10

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



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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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6/10

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



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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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Jan 26, 2014 4:59 AM: Try onedoing with only one leg each set!



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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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8/10

Aug 19, 2013 2:57 AM: If you don't have this type of machine. Found using cable machine works as well. Sit in a chair in front of cable machine facing it. Put a strap on your ankle and pull it back to get the affect on your hamstring. You can feel it each time you pull it with your leg. Switch after set with other leg.



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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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9/10

Feb 27, 2013 9:06 AM: I use my ab crunch ball and do hamstring curls with it on the floor. It works!



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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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8/10

Sep 28, 2012 9:21 AM: As an alternative you should link Lying Leg Curls to this page



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Review: Seated Leg Curl

Exercise Rating
9/10

Jul 14, 2012 2:08 PM: I use this exercise at the end of my leg workouts to really feel the burn in my hamstrings.



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Tip: Seated Leg Curl

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8/10

Feb 7, 2012 7:01 AM: I workout from home so I have to get creative with some of the exercises. For a seated leg curl I use
"GOLDS GYM POWER STATION".. Attach to the bottom of the door and attach ankle strap to my ankle. I then proceed with a standing one leg hamstring curl.



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Review: Seated Leg Curl

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6/10

Nov 23, 2011 11:59 AM: it's perfect for a beginner or lazy days, but not when you to feel a burn



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Review: Seated Leg Curl

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5/10

Aug 24, 2011 12:29 AM: so we dont have the lying leg curl machine at our FOB, and the seated leg curl machine is way to large for someone that is 5-2 (and no the seat does not adjust far enough forward), so it does not seem effective enough on my hamstrings. any suggestions?



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