Best Leg Exercises and Workouts of All Time
How To Improve Your Leg Press
A lot of people complain of lower back pain when it comes to the leg press. Avoid straining yourself by learning from The Body Consultants the correct technique to prevent injury. By allowing the weight to drop too far towards you, your hips will twist upwards off the seat. All of the weight will get distributed and compressed upon your lower back – that’s a surefire way to get hurt! Keep your backside firmly planted on that seat, pull yourself in tight and bring the weight down only so far as you can keep yourself on the seat. Always complete your leg press repetitions within a range of motion that’s safe for you.
Leg extensions are so simple, yet so tough to get right! Remember to keep your kneecaps just off the edge of the bench, then bring your foot pad down to the very bottom before choosing a weight. Lock yourself in and squeeze upwards when you’re ready to work out, tense your quads and flex as hard as you can. A top tip to help you get through those reps is to always keep your toes pointed back up towards the body.
Single Leg Glute Bridge
Get on the floor for this one, laying flat on your back with your hands by your sides. Take one leg straight up from the ground, leaving a 30cm gap beneath your glute and foot. Drive your weight through your heel and then push your hips upwards to get a nice, straight line from shoulder to knee. Your glute will engage and your hamstring contract if you are doing this exercise correctly.
Lying Leg Raise On Bench
Lay down on your back… now, work out! The foundation of a lying leg raise on bench exercise is to bring your feet up and bend your knees to achieve a range of motion. As you begin to straighten your legs, you might notice that you’re imprinting your lower back on the bench. Don’t let any gap slip in there! As The Body Consultants, we’re all about preventing you from sustaining an injury. The bench lets us get lower, low enough to fully open up the abs. Many ab movements don’t allow for such a full range of motion, that’s where lying leg raises are different. Feel the burn on the bench as you contract completely and experience a full ab exercise.