Lying leg curl

The lying leg curl is a popular machine-based exercise for the legs, particularly the hamstrings. It is similar to the seated leg curl, but the open hip angle in the lying leg curl may incorporate more glute and calf activation. It is usually performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set or more, as part of a leg pre-exhaust or as a muscle-building movement for lower-body training.


  1. Builds size and strength in the hamstrings
  2. Also works the glutes and calves
  3. Great accessory movement for a stronger squat and deadlift
  4. Many lifters say they "feel" this movement more effectively than seated leg curls
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Lying leg curl Instructions

Lying leg curl muscle diagram