Leg Extension Exercises
Leg Extension Exercises
The leg extension exercise is performed while seated, usually with the help of a leg extension machine, although it can also be performed with dumbbells or a cable machine. The basic idea is to raise a weight in front of the body using your feet.
Leg extension exercise target the quadriceps, but also help strengthen the muscles around the knee. As a result of the latter, it is a type of extension often recommended by physical therapists.
As with all exercises, leg extensions must be performed correctly, appropriately to your fitness level, and the equipment used properly, or there is a risk of injury. One particular risk with leg extensions is that overtraining can result in patellar tendinitis (commonly known as "jumper's knee").
Important Note: Please be aware that many fitness experts advise people not to use an isolating leg extension machine, as it may place unnatural pressure on their knees and ankles, which could eventually lead to serious knee injuries.
The leg extension is recommended for this muscle group:
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