Standing Hamstring Curl

How to Standing Hamstring Curl

Standing 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 Standing Reverse Leg Curl:

Start Hamstring Leg Curl Exercise

Standing Hamstring Leg Curl Finish

  1. Adjust the weight stack accordingly.
  2. Stand with the pad of the leg arm on the back of one of your legs (just a few inches under the calve) and the front of the opposing leg on the top of the knee pad. This is an exercise that favors a bend in the hips and torso, so bend slightly over. Make any adjustments necessary to fit your height.
  3. Curl your leg up as far as possible without lifting the upper leg from the knee pad, staying bent at your torso while holding onto the handles to keep stationary.
  4. Pause at the top of each motion, squeezing slightly with each contraction. Slowly lower weight back down, but don’t let the weight stack touch at the bottom and keep a constant tension.
  5. Repeat for the suggested number of repetitions, then switch legs.

Demonstration Video:

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