is a trick to be done on a leg curl machine. By
simply changing where you grip your hands on the
machine, you can increase your strength in the
movement by as much as 10% instantly!
face down on the bench as you normally would when
doing the exercise. Instead of gripping the machine
on the handles below the bench with your arms
bent, extend your arms straight overhead in front
and grab on to whatever is there. This is generally
the frame on either side of the weight stack.
Be aware that this trick will not work if there
is nothing there to grab - some machines just
end at the bench and have the weights stack to
the side or behind.
your leg curls as you usually would but using
this different grip. You should feel stronger
when doing them.
of the best ways to see this principle in action
is to do a set as you normally would with your
normal grip for about 10 to 12 reps. When you
can't do any more reps, switch to the grip as
explained above. You should be able to get a few
more reps out.
using this grip you should also find that you
can use a little more weight than you usually
do for reps.
reason this trick works is that having your arms
straight removes your biceps as the limiting link
in the exercise. It transfers the force through
your stronger back muscles instead, resulting
in instant increased strength!
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