Sliding Leg Curl
Body part worked: Glutes, hamstrings
When to do it: First in your workout, before squats or deadlifts
How to do it: Lie on your back on the floor and rest your heels on Valslides (valslide.com), furniture sliders, or paper plates—any disc that can slide easily along the floor. Brace your abs and drive your heels into the floor so your hips come up into the air. From there, bend your knees as in a machine leg curl and draw the sliders toward your butt. Keep your hips elevated.
Benefits: Sliding leg curls are low-impact and warm up your whole lower body. They’re especially good for strengthening the hamstrings, which are weak on nearly every lifter. Every lower-body workout in my Truth About Strength Training book features the sliding leg curl.
Prescription: Go for three to four sets of as many reps as you can
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