Seated Reverse Leg Curl

How to Seated Reverse Leg Curl

Seated reverse leg curls (also referred to as hamstring curls) are an excellent isolation movement for developing the hamstrings. They help to strengthen, tone and tighten the back of your thighs.


: Legs (Hamstrings)


: Beginner


: Machine


: Definition, Toning

How to do Reverse Leg Curls (Hamstrings):

Start Seated Leg Curl Exercise

Reverse Hamstring Leg Curls Finish

  1. Adjust the machine to your height and select the weight. This may require you to load plates, but most leg curl equipment incorporates an easy-to-use locking plate system.
  2. Place your legs, so the pad falls behind your calves (a few inches under the calves) and secure the lap pad against your thighs, just above the knees. Then use the handles on the machine to stabilize your body, pointing your toes toward the ceiling (this will allow you to keep your legs straight through the motion).
  3. Using your hamstrings, push as far  back of your thighs by flexing at the knees.  Rest/pause at the contracted position for each rep.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position, not letting the weight touch.
  5. Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.

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