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Leg Extensions and Cable Pulldowns

The leg extension machine is a machine that you sit down in for exercising the quadriceps muscles. Leg extensions can be performed with either one or both legs (the one-legged exercise to help correct a strength imbalance between the two legs, for example). Use only light to moderate weight at the beginning for this exercise, because you could otherwise hurt your knee joints. I use leg extensions, mostly of the one-legged variety, as a complementary routine following more effective lower-body techniques, such as the leg press or back or power squat. Figure 8-13 shows a leg extension machine.

The leg extension machine for the quads

Figure 8-13. The leg extension machine for the quads


  

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