Leg Exercise Equipment
Leg Exercise Equipment
Depending on your fitness goals you can use leg exercise equipment to build muscle, tone, and strengthen the quadriceps (front of thigh), hamstrings (back of thigh), glutes, and calf muscles of the legs. When selecting equipment check for design and safety features and the number of exercises that can be performed on that equipment some may have several.Leg Extension/ Leg Curl Machine
The leg extension exercise will isolate and strengthen the quadriceps muscles. The leg curl will strengthen the hamstring muscles. Exercising muscles in opposing muscle groups, such as quadriceps and hamstrings, provides strength development around both sides of the joint which can help prevent knee problems. The leg extension/curl machine can be purchased as a stand alone unit or is included on some weight benches.Squat Stands
If you plan on including squats in your leg routine, this free standing squat stand is the ideal piece of equipment to have in your home. The squat stand has telescopic uprights for adjusting the height to place the barbell on. It makes it easier and safer to load the barbell on the squat stand instead of trying to press a heavy weight to your shoulder level to perform the squat.Seated Calf Machine
The seated calf machine strengthens and builds endurance in the calf muscles. It includes adjustable knee supports and the compact design does not take up a lot of room. It"s easy to store. As your strength increases, you can adjust the resistance by simply adding more weight plates on the calf machine.Butt and Thigh Machine
The butt and thigh machine strengthens and tones your legs and glutes. This machine is designed not only to develop your thighs and glutes, it also can be adjusted to perform many different exercises. The resistance can be adjusted by adding weight plates to the side of the machine. Its compact design makes it a good addition to your home gym.Vertical Leg Press Machine
The vertical leg press machine develops strength in the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calf muscles. The machine allows you to press a weight with your legs vertically while lying on a padded surface. To increase the resistance, simply add more weight plates to the machine. The vertical leg press machine compact design does not take up a lot of room, making it ideal for the home.
Before purchasing leg exercise equipment try it out a few times to see if it is right for you and can be used for the long term. Take your time to research and consider the options in order to find the right piece of equipment for you.