Lying Leg Curl

The lying leg curl is an isolated exercise for your hamstrings (back of your upper leg). It is a great complement to the leg extension, which concentrates on your quads (front of your upper leg).

This exercise requires a lying leg curl machine.


How to perform the lying leg curl

  1. Lie face down on the leg curl machine with your heels tucked under the roller pads
  2. Grab the side handles for support
  3. Lift the weight up until your legs are fully curled
  4. Pause for a second
  5. Return to starting position
  6. Repeat steps 3 & 5 until you've repeated the desired number of reps
Number of Reps For building muscle size: 3 sets of between 6 - 8 reps. For muscle tone: 3 sets of between 12 - 15 reps.


Muscles Used

Primary Muscles
  • Hamstrings (Rear Thigh)
Secondary Muscles
  • Gastrocnemius (Calf)
  • Sartorius (Inner thigh)
  • Gracilis (Inner thigh)
Stabilizer Muscles
  • Tibialis Anterior (Shin)
  • Iliopsoas (Hip)
  • Tensor Fasciae Latae (Hip)

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