The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Are Leg extensions good for hypertrophy?

    For my quads I do 3 excercises. Squats, Lunges and leg extensions. Extensions seem to get a bad press on this (and other) forums. Why is this, is it because its an an isolation excercise?
    I can see that squats are better for building strength but is the leg extension good for hypertrophy?
    Thanks.

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    There are many better exercises for quad hypertrophy.

    One you can front squat 2x BW for reps, you'll probably have really decent quads.

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    Thanks, but I'm wondering what is it about the mechanics of the leg extension that makes it an inferior excercise, because it seems to hit the quads in a pretty direct way.
    Last edited by JConrad; 08-14-2006 at 11:03 AM.

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    Because it attempts to use the leg in a manner that it was not designed for, there is practically no carry over into other events, and it can also be dangerous because it forces you into a movement pattern that may contradict your personal leverages, range of motion, etc.
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    Food for thought, thanks.
    So do you not do them yourself?

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    Nope! I've done them on rare occasions in the past, but that's about it.
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    I only feel leg extensions right above the knees.

    i once read they were a good way to warm up the knees for squatting.

    however, i find that a couple light warm up sets of squats accomplishes the same thing.

    if you really wanna kill the quads: Front Squats

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