Seated leg curl exercise (aka. Leg Curls) is a great exercise to perform for your hamstrings to help build lower body strength and increase overall leg power.

It’s typically done in conjunction with the leg extension, which will work the quad muscle, rounding out the strength building in the upper leg.

Seated leg curls are a fast and effective way to help build your glute-hamstring tie in as well.

Seated Leg Curls Exercise How To

  • Sit in a seated leg curl machine with the feet raised up on the pads and the back upright.
  • From there, keeping the core tight, begin to curl the weight downwards until the knees are almost fully bent.
  • Pause for a brief moment and then allow the legs to return back to the starting position to complete the rep.

Form and Technique

The biggest thing to remember when doing this exercise is to never let momentum come into play.

You want to move the legs in a slow and controlled manner, making sure to keep constant tension on the muscle at all times.

VariationsSingle Leg Curl, Lying Leg Curl, Standing Leg Curl

Routine for Strength:   3 sets x 12-15 reps

Routine for Muscle Gains:  4-5 sets x 6-8 reps

Seated Leg Curl

How To Do Seated Leg Curls