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Why leg extensions are still important

Leg extensions

Leg extensions are an exercise that is usually performed from a seated position in a cable machine with a weight stack, although there are designs where weight plates are used in a lever system. While exercises such as squats and leg presses are considered the most important for overall strength and development of the quadricep muscles (quads), leg extensions still have their benefits. Benefits of leg extensions Risk of injury Having control over the weight is key to any effective exercise, but moving the weight too quickly on leg extensions can have other negative effects. Over-extending happens when you extend ...

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Tricep pushdowns for bigger arms

Tricep Pressdowns

For an effective tricep workout that works all three heads of the muscle to failure, it’s usually best to combine one of each of the three main types of movement. One heavy pressing movement such as close grip bench presses, one extension movement such as seated overhead dumbbell extensions and one tricep pushdown movement such as using a rope cable attachment. This article will look more closely at the latter, with variations of tricep pushdown and how they can be performed most effectively to get the best contraction and growth out of the muscle. Straight bar tricep pushdowns Muscles used ...

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Tricep extensions for bigger arms

Tricep Extension Exercises

For many people looking to build muscle, the arms are often the area most talked about and the muscle group that people will work hardest to develop. While many people will spend countless hours working on dumbbell curls trying to grow their biceps, it’s actually the tricep that makes up around two thirds of the upper arm muscle. Tricep muscle anatomy True tricep extensions are used to focus the lifting almost entirely on the tricep muscle. Depending on the type of extension, this will cause different heads of the tricep to be activated to varying degrees. The three heads of ...

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