Crush Your Hamstrings and Glutes with the ValSlide Leg Curl

I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I’m looking to get maximum bang for my buck when in the gym.

And suffice it to say, the days of body part splits and hitting a single muscle-group during a training session are long gone!

So if I’m going to do a more “isolative” hamstring exercise, I’m going to find a way to integrate as many muscle groups as possible.

Now you might have seen a ValSlide leg curl performed at some point in the past, but I think I’ve got some subtle cues and tweaks here than can really crank up the intensity.

Let’s discuss….

Now that you’ve watched the video, here are a few key things to focus on:

  • Cue the exhale and set position of the rib cage and pelvis first.
  • Once in position, work to keep the belt buckle up and pelvis tipped back throughout.
  • Lower slowly and under control! Initially, it may help to only do the lowering/eccentric portion, put the hips down, and then reset at the top/starting position.

The big focus here isn’t just on the moving of the slides, but perhaps more importantly, on controlling the hips and pelvis.

Give this a shot the next time you’re in the gym – I guarantee you’re going to feel it the next day!

All the best,

P.S. – If you’re interested in taking your coaching of the lower body lifts to the next level, be sure to check out my Coaching the Lower Body Lifts workshop which is coming up in May!

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  1. Awesome Instruction Mike!

    The ValSlide Leg Curl Exercise will be especially beneficial for my
    active 50 year plus crowd – which we have many!!!

    Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Yes, Thank you Mike and keep the videos coming. Sure helps me send to clients so they can review when I am not around to monitor them.

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