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Lying Leg Curl

Body Part: Thighs, Hamstrings, Calves

Equipment: Lying Leg Curl Machine

Difficulty: Beginner


Step 1: Lie face down on the leg curl machine with feet hip width apart, abs drawn in and braced and glutes flexed. Ensure setup positions knee close to hinge on the machine and pad resting on lower calf/achilles. Position head in line with the back and lock shoulder blades back and down.

Step 2: Pull toes toward the knees then drive the heels up toward the glutes as far as possible without arching the lower back or lifting the hips off of the pad.

Step 3: Reverse the pattern and lower the weight back to the starting position. Maintain posture throughout.

Step 4: Repeat for the desired number of repetitions. Avoid overarching the lower back, pointing or turning the toes out or letting the head fall toward the pad.