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How to use the leg extension machine

Muscle Groups: Legs

The leg extension machine focuses mainly on your quads (quadriceps) muscles as well as the rectus femoris and vastus muscles..

First of all, adjust the back pad so that your knees are in line with the edge of the seat. You should also adjust the leg pad so that it lines up with your ankle. Once ready, adjust the weight accordingly, hold onto the bars either side making sure your back is in a neutral position against the back rest. Lift your legs upwards, ideally holding at the top, and returning down in a controlled movement.

Using this machine can have many benefits. The main reason being that the leg extension machine strengthens the quadriceps. The quadriceps are the muscles in the front of the thigh. They are responsible for extending the knee and helping to stabilize the knee joint. On top of this using a leg extension can help improve athletic performance - strong quadriceps can help you perform better in sports that involve running, jumping, and changing direction.

Other machines targeting legs

Leg Press
Hack Squat
Pendulum Squat
Leg Extension (this machine)
Lying Leg Curl/Hamstring
Seated Leg Curl
Standing Leg/Hamstring Curl
Glute Hipthrust Machine
Abductor Machine
Adductor Machine
Standing Calf Raise
Seated Calf Raise

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