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01-27-2003, 10:34 PM
Just a curiousity....why is it that for leg extension I can push 90-100lbs on the machine and yet for lying leg curls I can pull 60lbs? Is this unusual to have such a difference in strength from the quads to the hams? Should I be concerned? Do I need to tweek hams a little more? Or is it a simple matter of muscle fatigue, since these two exercises are being done at the end of my leg routine, and maybe hams have already been hit hard during other exercises? Anyone got any insight in this matter? /forum/images/graemlins/confused.gif My leg routine is posted in training journal if needed for reference....
There is no problem. Think about the hamstring as the leg "bicep". Just as you can push more weight with the triceps than bicep. You can extend the quadriceps with more force than you can shorten the hamstring muscle...
Exactly...check out my journal as well, you'll see....it's the same for me on leg days! /forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif
01-27-2003, 11:42 PM
extensor muscles seem to be stronger than flexors, dont know why tho.
01-28-2003, 03:20 AM
01-28-2003, 11:18 AM
Thanks guys....I kinda figured that it was something like that...but never asked about it before.
Elle, I'm looking for your journal and can't find it anywhere (actually, I gave up after page 20 something Lol.)
01-28-2003, 11:47 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Posted by: Libby2:</font><hr> Elle, I'm looking for your journal and can't find it anywhere (actually, I gave up after page 20 something Lol.) <hr /></blockquote>
look for her journal here. its in the ABC Challenge forum!
01-28-2003, 08:58 PM
Oh....thanks...never even thought to look there!
And Elle, I see what you mean...thanks again /forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif
01-29-2003, 05:48 AM
Hey girl, you may want to begin training your hams at the beginning of your leg routine when they are the strongest and also consider prioritizing hamstrings on their own day.
I train quads on Monday (adding a few ham movements at the end) and Hamstrings on Thursday (adding quad moves at the end)
Try adding curls at different angles: standing, singles, lying, seated and also dead lifts and good mornings are nice additions to your training.
In addition, nothing beats the squats, parallel or below, to help bring up the lagging back end and strengthen the hamstring/glutes.
01-29-2003, 10:13 PM
Hey Sicily!! Thanks for the added tips...gonna check out list of exercises for hams...see if I can learn a new trick or two!
If I train hams and quads on different days how would my split look, just for example? Like, bi's tri's and quads one day,shouilders chest the next and back, abs and hams? Just curious how I would set that up?
01-30-2003, 03:37 AM
Well, this is my split ~ perhaps you can use it also:
I train 6 days straight and take Sunday off now. You can use a 5 on with a 1 or 2 day off scheme depending on your schedule:
Mon: a.m.-Shoulders, p.m.-Legs/Calves - quad priority
Thurs: a.m.-shoulders, p.m. Legs/Calves - hamstring priority
Even when i wasn't doing this routine, i was still doing legs twice and taking one day off.
Although, i've put my comp off for a short while, i'm still continuing to train as though i'm doing it. One can never tell when i could decide to go for it, so i'm covering all my bases!!
Good luck girl.
01-30-2003, 11:24 PM
I can only wish to afford the time to have a split like yours...WoW!! Very Impressive! /forum/images/graemlins/ooo.gif The thing with me is that I can workout Sat, sun, Mon, tues. Wed, I am unable to make it and Friday as well...I could make it Fridays in the morning, but I am not such a great morning gal! Been that way all my life LOL! So I am hitting each bodypart once a week, and trying to push it hard enough so that the rest of the week is not wasted. So if I were to split up legs I am thinking I could maybe do legs on back day and arm day, since these two work-out days are usually isolated to those particular muscle groups...we'll see. I am already experimenting with a new split that is affording me extra energy in the gym for lifting, so maybe once I have adjusted to new split, I will find a way to slide an extra leg day in there so as to be able to split up quads and hams. We'll see...I'll need to figure it out. /forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif
01-30-2003, 11:30 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Posted by: LAM:</font><hr> There is no problem. Think about the hamstring as the leg "bicep". Just as you can push more weight with the triceps than bicep. You can extend the quadriceps with more force than you can shorten the hamstring muscle... <hr /></blockquote>
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