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  • #16784
    Jay Maly
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    Hey!

    So my gym doesn’t have a seated leg curl unfortunately but does have a lying variation. Should the focus of the lying leg curl be to shorted the muscle as much as possible and focus more of the set set up around owning that closed position?

    I have found that a lot of people when focusing on the full range start to get a lot of spinal movement when this happens?

    #16791
    Anonymous
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    Hey! So my gym doesn’t have a seated leg curl unfortunately but does have a lying variation. Should the focus of the lying leg curl be to shorted the muscle as much as possible and focus more of the set set up around owning that closed position? I have found that a lot of people when focusing on the full range start to get a lot of spinal movement when this happens?

     

    Short answer is absolutely yes. I think that fully shortened position is the key part of the exercise which many gym goer is missing out due to poor execution and thus most likely also missing out the most development they could possibly get.

    #16830
    Joe
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    [quote quote=16784]Hey! So my gym doesn’t have a seated leg curl unfortunately but does have a lying variation. Should the focus of the lying leg curl be to shorted the muscle as much as possible and focus more of the set set up around owning that closed position? I have found that a lot of people when focusing on the full range start to get a lot of spinal movement when this happens?

     

    Short answer is absolutely yes. I think that fully shortened position is the key part of the exercise which many gym goer is missing out due to poor execution and thus most likely also missing out the most development they could possibly get.[/quote]
    That’s not correct.

    #16831
    Joe
    Keymaster

    Hey!

    So my gym doesn’t have a seated leg curl unfortunately but does have a lying variation. Should the focus of the lying leg curl be to shorted the muscle as much as possible and focus more of the set set up around owning that closed position?

    I have found that a lot of people when focusing on the full range start to get a lot of spinal movement when this happens?

    I would go single leg. This is the best way to keep your spine and pelvis still. The first bit of ROM is still the muscle length you’ll be able to produce the most force. So do worry if you get it “all the way short” as this will be very dependent on the profile of the machine. If the machine profile is crap, you’ll end up going too light to finish the range, and under train the range where you have to most potential to grow

    #16841
    Jay Maly
    Participant

    [quote quote=16784]Hey!

    So my gym doesn’t have a seated leg curl unfortunately but does have a lying variation. Should the focus of the lying leg curl be to shorted the muscle as much as possible and focus more of the set set up around owning that closed position?

    I have found that a lot of people when focusing on the full range start to get a lot of spinal movement when this happens?

    I would go single leg. This is the best way to keep your spine and pelvis still. The first bit of ROM is still the muscle length you’ll be able to produce the most force. So do worry if you get it “all the way short” as this will be very dependent on the profile of the machine. If the machine profile is crap, you’ll end up going too light to finish the range, and under train the range where you have to most potential to grow [/quote]
    So would you say to go single leg and to go for full range.. but when you can no longer get the fully closed position to emphasise the lengthened/ mid range and bring the reps to failing at partials in the lengthened?

    #16860
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    That’s not correct.

    I’m sorry, what wasn’t correct?

    #16862
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The point I was trying to make is that many people finish off the movement with lifting their hips up and when that happens you are missing part of the contraction.

    #16885
    Joe
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=16831][quote quote=16784]Hey!

    So my gym doesn’t have a seated leg curl unfortunately but does have a lying variation. Should the focus of the lying leg curl be to shorted the muscle as much as possible and focus more of the set set up around owning that closed position?

    I have found that a lot of people when focusing on the full range start to get a lot of spinal movement when this happens?

    I would go single leg. This is the best way to keep your spine and pelvis still. The first bit of ROM is still the muscle length you’ll be able to produce the most force. So do worry if you get it “all the way short” as this will be very dependent on the profile of the machine. If the machine profile is crap, you’ll end up going too light to finish the range, and under train the range where you have to most potential to grow [/quote]
    So would you say to go single leg and to go for full range.. but when you can no longer get the fully closed position to emphasise the lengthened/ mid range and bring the reps to failing at partials in the lengthened? [/quote]
    Yes. Just make sure you have a load, first and foremost that matches what you can do in the start/midrange. If you can get to the top, bonus

    #16886
    Joe
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=16830]That’s not correct.

    I’m sorry, what wasn’t correct?[/quote]
    “The shortened position is the key part of the exercise”

    #16889
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I’m sorry, what wasn’t correct?

    “The shortened position is the key part of the exercise”[/quote]

     

    Oh shit, my bad. Horrible wording.

    I didn’t mean like solely focus on hammering that part of the movement but that being said I wouldn’t completely disregard it either.

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