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Lying Hamstring Curl

Man doing hamstring curls on exercise machine.

The following exercise helps build strong, balanced leg muscles. Make sure to adjust exercise machines as instructed by your physical therapist. He or she will tell you how many times to do the exercise.

Note: To prevent injury, always warm up and stretch before your strengthening exercises. Stop any exercise that causes pain. Tell your physical therapist or healthcare provider about it. Also talk with your healthcare provider before starting any type of physical activity.

Here are the steps to hamstring curls:

  • Lying on your stomach, pull one leg up as far as you comfortably can. Pause for a moment.

  • Let your leg uncurl slowly and steadily.

  • Take care not to arch your back.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Turley Jr PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2020
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