Seated Leg Curl

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Seated Leg Curl

Exercise Description

Main Target Muscles

Hamstrings

Secondary Target Muscles

Glutes

Workout Type

Strength

Gym Gear

Machine

Fitness Level

Beginner

Compound/Isolated 

Isolated

Power Move 

Pull

Target Muscle: Hamstrings

Seated Leg Curl Overview

Seated leg curl is an excellent way to work your hamstrings and calves. If your objective is to build muscle mass in your thighs, then this exercise is an ideal way to build more power.

It improves strength and flexibility in the legs and prevents your lower back from injuries. Adding in pauses and the timing of the movement completely depends on your individual fitness goals. 

Whether you are having a leg day or a full-body workout day, this exercise is a must.  Other variations include:

How to Do It

  1. Select a weight and rest it comfortably at the back of your heels.
  2. Tense your hamstrings and take off the weight from the rack. 
  3. Make sure to keep your low back flat against the pad. 
  4. Take your weight up as far as possible until your hamstrings are squeezed. Then return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Seated Leg Curl Tips

  1. Make sure to keep the tension in your hamstrings intact throughout the movement.
  2. Keep your hips fixed against the seat and do not let your back round up.
  3. Your head should not protrude forward.
  4. Keep your movement controlled.

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