Leg Workout equipment
There is no denying the importance of working out your legs. Even if you aren’t concerned with having beautifully sculpted stems, there are a number of reasons to include leg exercises as part of your weekly workout program.
Strength and development training for your legs can help you perform better at sports, increase foot speed or simply make daily tasks like carrying the groceries that much easier. Your legs comprise a large amount of muscle on your body, and increasing the muscle density in your body by building lean muscle in your legs can help you decrease the amount of body fat on your entire body! This is because the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn.
It can be confusing as you try to figure out which machines work each part of your leg. To help you understand which machines you can use to tighten, tone or just increase the strength in those hard-working muscles that take you from point A to B, Weight Machines 101 is here to help with Part 1 of this two-part series.
Here are 4 Leg Machines that together will work ALL of the major muscles in your legs.
Leg Extensions – Quadriceps – the front of your thighs –
Tips for Leg Extensions:
- Tighten your abs and core muscles to help keep you in proper form.
- Extend your legs completely in order to fully contract and work your quadriceps.
- Bring the weight down slowly as you bend at your knees, stop just before the weight or machine rests on itself, and then perform the next rep.
- Maintaining proper form and control during the entire exercise is not only the safest way to perform the movement, but it will work the muscle group most effectively for the best results.
Leg Curls – Hamstrings – The back of your thighs –
Tips for Leg Curls:
- Bring your heels as close as you can toward your butt to fully contract and work your hamstrings.
- Bring the weight down slowly as you lower your feet and extend your legs, stop just before the weight or machine rests on itself, and then perform the next rep.
Glute Kickbacks – Gluteus/Glutes – Butt muscles –
Tips for Glute Kickbacks:
- Tighten your abs and core muscles to help keep you in proper form, and keep your upper body locked in position as you perform the movement with your leg and butt.
- Extend your leg completely and tighten your butt/glute muscle to fully contract and work the muscle group.
- Bring the weight in slowly; moving your knee forward. Stop just before the weight or machine rests on itself, and then perform the next rep.