Lean Back During Leg Extensions


The leg extension exercise is one of the most popular leg exercises in commercial gyms. The Strength Sensei was not a fan, particularly for sports performance, but the exercise is here to stay, so you might as well know how to do it right.

Credit for this tip goes to Vince Gironda, a bodybuilding guru the Strength Sensei frequently referenced. Gironda trained the first Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott, and many Hollywood movie stars.

During a leg extension, Gironda would have his clients lean back as the exercise progressed. Leaning backward helps to stabilize the pelvis, enabling the athlete to produce a greater contraction of the rectus femoris (the center quadriceps muscle).

BOTTOM LINE: Lean back as you perform leg extensions to contract the quadriceps harder. (TSS)

— Miloš Šarčev photo

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