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The hamstring curl is a lower body exercises that targets the hamstrings. This is a machine-based isolation exercise which is well suited to beginners.



  • You can use a seated or lying hamstring curl machine – we find the lying hamstring curl machine more effective if it’s available.


  • Squeeze your hamstrings to move the machine until your hamstrings are fully contracted and the top of your calves are touching the back of your thighs.
  • Slowly return the machine to the starting position without releasing the tension on your hamstrings and repeat.

Leg Muscle Diagram.

Leg Muscles