The first leg curl machine we look that is the Marcy utility bench- it features adjustable backpack that can be configured into six different positions to accommodate a variety of different bodybuilding and workout routines.
Great for lying hamstring curls and seated leg curls, it's designed to provide a comprehensive workout and muscular development of your leg- utilizing a dual position leg developer to give your lower limbs a strong and strenuous workout inside your own home.
It features a handle at its front and when used together with its wheels makes it simple to maneuver around inside your home. The sawtooth adjustments enable you to finely tune the positions of your leg curling workouts.
Besides functioning as a leg curling workout bench, since this utility bench goes all the way back to an incline, you can perform a variety of dumbbell and bodyweight exercises on it as well.
- It has received some mixed feedback, however, with one buyer complaining that the bench was unstable when using heavier dumbbells and barbells with it.
- Another reviewer said while it was pretty simple to assemble, he criticized the leg extension padding as well as how inappropriately close the two legs are, which made it difficult to perform exercises effectively.
- As well, the backrest felt insecure, there wasn't any padding for the bolts and caps, and the bench has a habit of tipping right and left as well as forward and back, especially when the leg extension is loaded up with a 45-pound plate.
- That said, other buyers had more reasonable expectations for this relatively inexpensive workout machine, saying that if you are on a budget and want a relatively easy way to perform leg curls while on your stomach, this could be a good option.
- Another home workout enthusiast says that it is relatively sturdy, pretty adjustable and decently comfortable- even though he is taller than 6 feet he says it's been able to accommodate his height and enable him to perform a variety of exercises.
- Other reviewers say that if you bolt it together securely that it doesn't feel insecure and you can always tape sections of it to reduce sharp edges and friction if they are occurring.
The second leg extension & curl machine we looked at is manufactured by Body Solid- it is an adjustable machine that is designed to accommodate users of different sizes and heights.
- Buyers tell us that you can't do laying hamstring curls on this, however, you can do seated hamstring curls-plus it's pretty simple to transition from leg curls to leg extensions.
- Buyers were fairly impressed with this leg extension curl machine, saying that it is a quality build with easily adjustable positioning and comfortable padding.
- One buyer purchased it to install in his basement as part of a physical rehabilitation regime, saying that it has been essential to keeping his legs exercised and developed.
- Another reviewer recovering from a sports-related knee injury says that it has been essential to his physical rehab, keeping his knee strengthened as well as helping to rehab a torn meniscus.
The third option we examined is the XMark rotary leg curl and extension machine. It features an adjustable thigh pad as well as an adjustable backrest and press arm inside of an 11 gauge steel frame. It's marketed as a hamstring and quadriceps workout machine, effectively isolating the hamstrings and quadriceps for full range-of-motion workouts.
- Buyers say that it provides a strong hamstring and a leg extension workout- with a handy feature being that you can add weights to its back, which helps stabilize and prevent the entire thing from tipping over.
- Buyers recommend how easy it is to assemble, how little space it takes up, and the commercial-grade quality of its construction, though some reviewers found that they eventually maxed out its poundage.
The fourth option we examined was the Deltech Fitness Olympic Squat Combo Bench- this particular option is not a dedicated leg extension machine but does include one. If you're in the market for a more comprehensive and full body workout unit with a bench press- this might be a solid option for you so it will take up more space but the other options we examined.
The final leg extension & curl machine we examined is provided by Powerline- it's marketed as a hamstring and quadriceps training tool that's great for the home gym. You can perform leg extensions and curls lying down operating its integrated a 1-inch diameter weight post, though you'll have to buy the weight plates and collar separately.
Reading through their marketing and promotional material, they emphasize that performing leg curls and leg extensions help to provide enhanced physical coordination, speed and balance.
Indeed, it's best to purchase an option that enables you to do those exercises in both prone and upright positions. Buyers were fairly impressed, saying that the only criticism is that it only has a single length adjustment to accommodate users of different height.