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Leg Extension

Type: Legs
The leg extension exercise is usually performed using a specific gym machine. However it can be performed with free weights or cables if a machine is not available. The advantage of doing leg extensions is that they target the quadriceps (quads) muscle group or front thighs.

Leg extensions can add a lot of stress on the knee joint, so if you have knee problems then seek further advice. Also, make sure that you set up the gym machine correctly before doing this exercise.
Level :  Equipment : Yes

Leg Extension Steps:

Step 1:
Set the backrest so your back is supported and your knees are in line with the pivot point.

Step 2:
Adjust the shin pad so that it rests just above your shoe laces.

Step 3:
Extend the knees under control until they are fully extended.

Step 4:
Pause briefly, then lower slowly to the start position.

Top Tip:

  • This is an isolation exercise and is an alternative to squats which are a compound movement.
  • Easier for beginners to help build leg strength before progressing onto a full standing squat.
  • NB: There are many different makes and models of leg extension machines. Always read the instructions of the model you are using and if in doubt, seek expert advice.
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