3 OF THE BEST GYM MACHINES FOR YOUR LEGS

3 OF THE BEST GYM MACHINES FOR YOUR LEGS

So you have hammered your core strength. Your abs and pecs are beautifully sculpted. Your shoulders are strong. Your arms are filling your sleeves nicely. With all that done, it is time to balance things out. Here are the top gym machines to work those legs.

 LEG PRESS MACHINE – FOR QUADS

With this machine, you sit on a seat and use your legs to push weights upwards.  Keep feet shoulder width apart. When you are ready, unlock the weights and push upwards until your legs are straight. Don’t lock your knees.

Inhale as you lower the weights, until your knees are close to your chest and bent at 90 degrees. Exhale as you push up. Remember to lock the weights before leaving the machine.

LEG CURL MACHINE – FOR HAMSTRINGS

This machine has a padded bar that you lift with your lower legs. You can either sit on the bench, or lie face down on it. This exercise is done lying down, with your upper legs staying in contact with the angled bench.

Place the padded bar just below your calves, and hold the machine handles. Exhale and lift the bar as far as you can, keeping the thighs on the bench. Lower slowly.

For a variation, flip over and do the lift with the bar on your shins, while seated on the bench.

CALF RAISE MACHINE – FOR CALVES (OBVIOUSLY!)

For the final stop in your leg workout, head for the calf raise machine. Sit down with the balls of your feet on the platform, and set the lever pad to sit above your thighs. Make sure it is not on your knees. Now release the lever and use your calves to raise and lower the pad, keeping the movement controlled in both directions.

Never be afraid to ask gym staff for help if a machine is puzzling you. This keeps you safe and gives you a better workout.

There are many other options for a leg workout on the machines. Book your gym session and give it a go!


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Michael A.
27 March 2017

Michael A.

I use the leg press regularly because I find it quite relaxing to use and it gives me great quads.

Simon J.
26 March 2017

Simon J.

can't quite say I've met all the criteria at the top of the article - but there's a late ski trip coming up so these tips are just what is needed.

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