Leg machines: we love 'em. They're easy to adjust to your size and skill level, safe (assuming they're used correctly of course), and a great way to target specific muscle groups. And while we'll never give up our love for barbell squats and other free weight movements involving your legs, we certainly think that adding leg machine exercises to your gym routine is a great way to enhance those glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.
If you're not used to using leg machines, it can be a little intimidating to head over to that part of the gym and get to work. Conversely, maybe you're a seasoned pro with this equipment--but perhaps stuck in a rut. Whether you've never used leg machines before or if you're just looking to mix things up, this simple yet challenging leg machine workout will definitely have you feeling that good kind of sore the next day!
The Ultimate Leg Machine Workout
Before introducing any new workout movement, you may want to consider chatting with a personal trainer or a trusted gym buddy who's familiar with the equipment. After all, nothing puts a dent in your training like an injury--most of which are preventable.
The great thing about leg machines is that they can provide an intense, isolated stimulus to specific muscle groups, which may help you prevent injuries in sport and other physical activities, anyway. Plus, we don't think lean, strong, sexy legs are going to go out of style anytime soon.
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The Next Time You're at Muv Fitness, Give This Ultimate Leg Machine Circuit a Try!
For strength (and booty) building, an ideal prescription would be 3 sets of 12-15 reps. You can choose to do all 3 sets of one movement before moving on to the next, or do 1 set of every movement and then repeat the cycle 2 more times. Just make sure you give yourself adequate rest (at least 3-4 minutes) between each set and movement to maximize muscle output. Feel free to go up in weight with each set--the goal should be that you can complete the entire set but the last 2 to 3 reps should feel super duper heavy.
Be sure to hit this workout after a proper warm-up (try light jogging for 10 minutes, and some dynamic leg stretches) to make sure your joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons are prepared.
Go ahead: share this awesome workout with a friend and never skip leg day again! Got another favorite leg machine movement? Let us know about it in the comments below!