exercise equipment for legs

 

Whether you are looking to tone your entire leg or a specific muscle such as the calves because of an injury or simply for toning and strength, find the equipment you’re looking for below.

The article at the end of page provides questions you need to ask before making a purchase.

This site names the following for exercise equipment for legs. It also provides an explanation on how to use the exercise equipment.

Leg Press - for quads, hamstrings and glutes Leg Extension - for front of thigh or quads Leg Curl - for hamstrings
     
     
Hack Squat - for quads, hamstrings and glutes Seated Calf Raise - for calf muscles free weights - dumbbells, barbells and weight plates
     

If you like to kick, below is a kick boxing station:

Dual Pad Kick Boxing
 


Choosing and Using Exercise Equipment
Bryant Stamford, Ph.D.
© 1997 McGraw-Hill Inc.

Home exercise equipment is a huge industry, and the buyer's choices are vast. If you are among those searching for the right piece of equipment, consider some of the pointers below.

MAKING A GOOD BUY
Before you buy, ask yourself:

Will I use the equipment regularly? Perhaps the most critical issue is your commitment. Be prepared for buyer letdown.

Will the piece help me meet my goals' Disregard false claims, like those that say abdominal exercise machines melt flab from your waistline. Also, be wary of hype regarding calorie burning. A reasonably fit person can burn about 400 to 600 calories per hour in rhythmic exercise that involves major muscle groups (especially the legs).

Is the equipment well made? It's hard to tell from just looking. Wear your workout gear to the store and put the machine through its paces. It should feel solid and durable.

Is it comfortable? A machine can be well made but still feel awkward. During your in-store workout, pay attention to how your lower back, joints, and muscles feel. A seat should stay comfortable during a long exercise session. Bars or pull-handles should be padded and feel comfortable, even after many minutes. Also, note things like noise level and ease of using the controls.

What type is best? Test each type of exercise device and choose the one that feels best. Some equipment works both the arms and legs, which burns more calories but may not feel right to you. Walking on a treadmill can be just as good if you add a few dumbbell exercises.

Do I have room for it? Having to store the equipment, or worse, having to disassemble it, will be a deterrent. Also, exercise equipment can be noisy and bother people nearby.

What's the best deal? Expect to spend at least a few hundred dollars or be disappointed. Nonmotorized treadmills, for example, are inexpensive but may be clunky to use. But spending several thousand dollars is not necessary. Some machines cost more because they measure heart rate, calories burned, time elapsed, etc. These are nice features, but not absolutely necessary for most people. Programmable machines that can automatically adjust the workload may not be worth the price, since manual controls, if accessible, work just as well. [Tip from Quackwatch: Try to buy from a seller who offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.]
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Dr. Stamford is director of the Health Promotion and Wellness Center and professor of exercise physiology in the School of Education at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also an editorial board member of The Physician and Sportsmedicine. This article is reprinted with permission from The Physician and Sportsmedicine 25(1):107-108, 1997.

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