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Standing Leg Curl

Standing Leg Curl

Target Muscle: Hamstrings

Stand in machine with one or both legs between pads depending upon machine’s design. Position exercising leg with lever pad behind lower leg and upper pad in front of lower thigh. Bend over and grasp handles for support if available. Stand with body weight shifted on foot of resting leg and raise foot of exercising leg slightly off of floor or platform. This is your starting position.

Curl your leg up as high as possible. Return leg back to starting position. Repeat for desired repetitions. Continue with opposite leg.

Some apparatuses allow for a bent over posture potentially further decreasing active insufficiency of three of four heads of hamstring at completion of knee flexion. If hips are not significantly bent (ie: body upright), Rectus Femoris becomes antagonist stabilizers. Dorsal flexion of ankle reduces active insufficiency of Gastrocnemius allowing it to assist in knee flexion. Similar exercise can also be performed on some multi-hip machines and certain leg extension machines.

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