Right now my leg day consists of Squats, Leg Press, Leg Curls, and Seated Calf Raise. I'm looking for an alternative to leg curls, would be pull throughs be effective? Reason why I'm not doing SLDL's is that I don't want another exercise that'll hit the lower back between Squats and Deadlifts.
There aren't a lot of hamstring isolation exercises that won't hit the lower back at all... Pull-throughs, Dimel DLs, GMs, Leg Curls w. bands, glute-ham raise, sled dragging are some of the best hamstring exercises.Originally Posted by METALASIAN
Last edited by Sensei; 06-04-2005 at 09:09 PM.
No need to drop out leg curls if you are looking to isolate the hamstring only. There are many variations:
Seated Leg Curl
1 legged Seated Leg Curl
Lying Leg Curl
1 legged Lying Leg Curl
1 legged Standing Leg Curl
Kneeling Leg Curl
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Yeah.. only thing is the only ones I can really do at my gym are seated and lying (seated is actually to large for me). I'm not really saying that I don't want to Leg Curls its just that they seem to get a bad rap or whatever, so I figured there were better exercises. Thanks for the advice though, I may just keep to it.Originally Posted by Canadian Crippler
You can stick w. leg curls if you want, but I think you should substitute some of the other compound movements if you're looking to add functional flexibility and strength... I don't know what kind of program you're on, but unless your lower back and abs are lacking, you should be able to do those exercises in addition to your regular SQ and DLs.
right now i am doing a combination of STDL and high-foot-placement legpress. Both have been working wonderfully. My leg curls got up to 2 pps, but i ended up hurting the tendons behind the knees somehow. So i stopped doing it.
Leg curls compared to pull thrus would be like comparing Memory Game to Chess. Pull thrus done properly will hit your ass and hammys like crazy.
Also, I agree with Sensei 110%
Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:520 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220
Try lunges. Excellent hamstring exercise, almost no lower back involvement because the core is upright.Originally Posted by METALASIAN