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Leg Press for Hamstring

Post by JHS » Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:21 pm

Hey guys,

I was wondering if leg press can be used to primarily execrise the hamstring by making contact with the platform only with heels and balls of your feet (toes off the edge of the platform).

Thanks!

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Post by Matt Z » Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:05 pm

I wouldn't recomend it. The leg press is primarilly a quads movement. Plus the range of motion is very short with your feet so high, so I doubt you'll get much out of it.

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Post by DeadFrog » Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:42 pm

Nope, hamstring is always gonna be third after quads and glutes on the leg press.

Stick with deadlifts and leg curls.

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Post by JHS » Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:46 pm

What other execrises do you recommend then? There really seems to be only curls and variations of deadlifts left... I do curls but I know it's not enough..I attempt deadlifts (those ones for hamstring) but my lower back will increases its temperature by some thousands of celsius (I keep it as straight as possible but it really burns) and I still don't seem to be working the hams much.

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Post by Ryan A » Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:48 pm

Do glute ham raises if you can. They are better than the deadlift variations and do not stress the back.

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Post by JHS » Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:07 pm

Ryan A wrote:Do glute ham raises if you can. They are better than the deadlift variations and do not stress the back.
Unfortunately the YMCA here don't have the apparatus, and the manual one looks like a reverse-curl to me. =(

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Post by Ironman » Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:14 pm

It sounds like your abs, lower back and maybe even internal hip flexors could be week links. You might want to work on strengthening them.Try keystone deadlifts. There is a thread about those. I just tried them recently and they hit my hams quite well.

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