Nothing looks better in shorts or a mini-skirt than a nice set of legs. The lying hamstring curl primarily targets the hamstring muscles. Adding the lying leg curl into your workout program can help you tone up and even minimize the appearance of that dreaded cottage cheese that tends to appear in the butt and hamstring area. Perform three to four sets of 15 to 20 repetitions of this exercise for toning purposes.
Lie on your stomach on the bench with your legs extended and ankles positioned under the ankle pads. Hold the handles for added support.
Flex your feet and bend both knees, lifting the heels up toward your glutes. Keep the hips on the bench throughout this movement and avoid lifting your butt in the air. Squeeze your hamstrings at the top of the movement.
Slowly extend your legs and lower the ankle pads back to the starting position.
Repeat the movement for 15 to 20 repetitions and perform three to four sets.
- ExRx.net: Lever Lying Leg Curl
- Strength Training Anatomy - Second Edition; Frederic Delavier
- The exercise can also be performed on a bench holding a dumbbell between the ankles if you do not have access to a leg curl machine.
- Incorporating the lying leg curl exercise into your workout routine helps tone and sculpt your legs. However, to get optimal results, regular cardio and a healthy well-balanced diet are also critical.
- Select a load that is challenging for you but not so heavy you begin lifting your hips off the bench or swinging the weight around. Doing so can increase the risk of injury to both your lower back and hamstrings.
Kristy Lee Wilson is a former Cirque du Soleil performer, Sharecare fitness expert, bestselling author, international speaker, certified personal trainer and youth fitness specialist. An elite athlete from a very young age, Wilson's ultimate mission is to motivate, inspire and educate as many people as possible to live life to their fullest potential.