Self assisted Inverse Leg Curl

Self assisted Inverse Leg Curl

The self-assisted inverse leg curl is a challenging and effective exercise that targets the muscles of the posterior chain, specifically the hamstrings and glutes. This exercise is great for improving lower body strength, stability, and overall athletic performance. Unlike traditional leg curls, the self-assisted inverse leg curl is a bodyweight exercise that requires no special equipment. It can be done anywhere, making it a perfect addition to your home or gym workout routine. To perform this exercise, start by lying on your back with your legs extended and your heels resting on a stable elevated platform, such as a bench or step. Place your hands by your sides for support and stability. From this starting position, engage your core and lift your hips off the ground, keeping your body in a straight line from your shoulders to your heels. Next, bend your knees and pull your heels towards your glutes, contracting your hamstrings. Focus on maintaining proper form and controlled movement throughout. By incorporating the self-assisted inverse leg curl into your workout routine, you can effectively strengthen and tone your hamstrings and glutes, ultimately enhancing your overall lower body strength and performance. Remember to always warm up before any exercise and consult with a fitness professional to ensure proper form and technique.

Instructions

  • Lie face down on a mat or flat surface.
  • Position your hands under your shoulders and extend your arms fully.
  • Bring your heels towards your glutes, bending your knees.
  • Hook your toes under a stable object like the edge of a couch or heavy furniture.
  • Engage your core and glutes, and lift your hips slightly off the ground.
  • Slowly lower your hips back down to the starting position while keeping your legs bent.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain control throughout the movement and avoid using momentum.

Tips & Tricks

  • Perform a proper warm-up before attempting the exercise to prepare your muscles and joints.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement to maintain stability and control.
  • Control the movement at all times and avoid using momentum to perform the exercise effectively.
  • Focus on squeezing your hamstrings as you curl your legs back towards your glutes.
  • Maintain a slow and controlled tempo throughout the exercise to maximize muscle recruitment.
  • Use a sturdy and stable support, such as a bench or bar, to assist with balance and control.
  • Don't forget to breathe properly during the exercise, exhaling as you curl your legs and inhaling as you return to the starting position.
  • Gradually increase the difficulty of this exercise by adjusting the angle of your body or the intensity of the assistance.
  • Listen to your body and work within your own limits, avoiding any excessive strain or discomfort.
  • Combine this exercise with other lower body exercises to create a well-rounded workout routine.
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