How to do a Seated Leg Curl

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About Seated Leg Curl

Sets Logged
3,257,828
Popularity Rank
32nd
Difficulty
Beginner
Hamstrings Strength
100 mSCORE 1st
Equipment Required
  • Photo of Leg Curl Machine
    Leg Curl Machine
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles

Instructions: How To

Seated Leg Curl is a weighted, isolation exercise that targets the hamstrings. Because a vast majority of lower body exercises tend to be compound movements, this exercise is a great way to isolate the hamstrings for building muscle mass, and developing strength. The use of a machine restricts your range of motion, and adds stability, allowing you to focus on exertion more than stabilizing the movement.

  1. Sit upright in a leg curl machine while positioning the top support pad just above your knees and placing it just above the back of your ankles onto the lower pad.
  2. Grab ahold of the handles for additional support.
  3. Flex your knees to lower your heels towards towards the floor in a downward arc.
  4. Once you can no longer flex your knees, return to the starting position.

Common Mistakes

  • Overusing Machines

    Machines are great pieces of equipment, however they do hinder your ability to develop smaller stabilizing muscles. Try to work in other variations that require you to stabilize the movement as well.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    35
    lbs
    1 Rep Max
    45
    lbs
  • intermediate
    8
    reps
    45
    lbs
    55
    lbs
  • advanced
    8
    reps
    50
    lbs
    65
    lbs

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