Life Fitness Seated Hamstring Curl

The Life Fitness seated hamstring curl is a great exercise for isolating the hamstrings without putting pressure on the lower back.  Most hamstring exercises require you to put pressure on the lower back to maintain your position, because of the back support, your lower back remains secure.

Life Fitness Seated Hamstring Curl

Primary Muscles Used

Muscles Used in Seated Hamstring Curl

Seated Hamstring Curl Instructions

  • When doing seated leg curls, the thigh pad should rest just above the knees and the lower leg pad directly below the calf.
  • Make sure you adjust the back pad so when you sit down your knees are in alignment with the pivot point of the machine.  There will be a bolt or red dot at this pivot point.
  1. While grasping the machine's handles, push down on the lower leg pad.
  2. Tighten your stomach and press your back and butt tightly against the seat.
  3. Slowly push the lower leg pad down, pulling it as close to your butt as you can.
  4. Slowly pause at the bottom position.
  5. Return to the starting position.
  6. Repeat.
Seated Leg curl

Benefits of the LIfe Fitness Seated Hamstring Curl

  • Having strong, flexible hamstrings is important for overall strength, balance, and stamina.
  • Hamstrings are interconnected with your lower back, having strong hamstrings help keep your lower back strong.
  • Strong hamstrings aren't just beneficial in the gym. Hamstrings are important in every day activities.  Every time you bend over you are required to use your hamstrings.
  • Strength and flexibility in this muscle group will also help as your body ages—especially if you are prone to knee problems or have joint or back pain.
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