Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Just one of the many Exercises You Shouldn't Be Doing

Leg Extensions

Unfortunately this exercise is done all the time in weight rooms and fitness centers all around Atlanta and the rest of the country. Leg extensions seem to be a regular exercise in most leg training programs. One reason this maybe the case is that sitting down and pumping out reps of leg extensions are a lot easier than squatting. The front squat is an excellent choice for leg development but man, it sure is hard.

I know you feel a good "burn" in your upper thighs when performing this exercise, but it is not a very efficient leg exercise. It basically isolates the muscles above the knee, your quads.

A second reason to stay away from leg extensions while training at the gym is that they create a lot of stress an torque on your knees. You may end up hurting your knees in the long run.

The only time this exercise has much benefit is in a rehab setting where these muscles directly surrounding the knee need to be developed for stability and strength.

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