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    Leg curls = knee pain?

    I just recently started doing seated leg curls and I love the burn I get in my hamstrings from them but they hurt my knees like hell after. I think I adjusted the machine right... I lined up my knees with the dot and everything... anyway i dont think i will be doing them again. Anyone else have knee pain from leg curls? And am I missing much by not doing them?
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    FWIW I had my ACL replaced three months ago and my surgeon told me not to do those, ever. He mentioned as the one exercise out of everything you can do in a gym as the one specifically not to do. They can stretch your tendons out, apparently.
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    Originally Posted by 5431 View Post
    I just recently started doing seated leg curls and I love the burn I get in my hamstrings from them but they hurt my knees like hell after. I think I adjusted the machine right... I lined up my knees with the dot and everything... anyway i dont think i will be doing them again. Anyone else have knee pain from leg curls? And am I missing much by not doing them?
    I dont get pain from them. Are you missing out? Not really. Theyre are way better hamstring movements (RDL's, SLDL's, GHR's, Hypers, etc) IMO. The nice thing about leg curls is that you can do them after you kicked your a$$ on squats and they dont take much energy. Ever try lying leg curls? Maybe thatll be better for you.
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    I have had 2 knee surgeries and my sports doc said hamstring curls are good for them but leg extensions are the worse things anyone with or without surgery on your knees.
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    Leg curls and extensions both feel like someone taking a scalpel to my knees. I say just avoid them, the big exercises will hit them and try to test out which ones put less pressure on them.
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    I never had any serious surgeries, injuries or anything like that to my knees and leg curls have always given me unbearable pain behind my knees... I honestly don't know what it is or what causes it...anyway i just don't do them and stick to SLDL's and RDL's for hamstrings obviously in addition to squats, leg presses, etc.
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    Originally Posted by 5431 View Post
    I just recently started doing seated leg curls and I love the burn I get in my hamstrings from them but they hurt my knees like hell after. I think I adjusted the machine right... I lined up my knees with the dot and everything... anyway i dont think i will be doing them again. Anyone else have knee pain from leg curls? And am I missing much by not doing them?
    you recently just started em? you need to recently stop them.
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    OP, I have the same problem. I stopped doing them and switched to lying leg curls, deadlifts, and lunges for my hammies.
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    Originally Posted by 5431 View Post
    I just recently started doing seated leg curls and I love the burn I get in my hamstrings from them but they hurt my knees like hell after. I think I adjusted the machine right... I lined up my knees with the dot and everything... anyway i dont think i will be doing them again. Anyone else have knee pain from leg curls? And am I missing much by not doing them?
    If you have any sort of knee problems then isolated joint movements for you knee (leg curls, leg extensions) are going to just make it worse and more noticeable. I used to have a problem with my right patella where it would be pulled to the right because of tight muscles and lack of strength in other muscles and doing leg extensions hurt quite a bit. However, after doing physio exercises and correcting the problem I can do them no worries now.

    Best idea is to do them light (12 - 15 reps) and to do them slow and controlled.
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    as with all leg exercises..takes a while to get used to them as machines especially put a very unusual kind of strain on them.
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    For leg extensions don't go the full ROM. Adjust the machine so you're at 90 degrees or more when the weights touch bottom.
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    I have the same exact problem it is actually causing my hamstrings to lag a bit. I feel as if I am missing out on a great exercise. Does anyone else know other good hamstring exercises besides RDL and SLDL?
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    Focus on the compounds, they hit the hamstrings better, anyways.
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    I just read your post and I am wondering where the pain is coming from. I've had knee issues in the past, but since I've list my weight, I no longer have the pain. If you are experiencing knee pain, you might want to cut back on the weight first to see if this is the problem.
    Originally Posted by 5431 View Post
    I just recently started doing seated leg curls and I love the burn I get in my hamstrings from them but they hurt my knees like hell after. I think I adjusted the machine right... I lined up my knees with the dot and everything... anyway i dont think i will be doing them again. Anyone else have knee pain from leg curls? And am I missing much by not doing them?
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    It's like this. You DON'T wanna focus on only your Hamstrings, and neglect your Quads, because that muscle imbalance can cause knee injury. You should focus on them both equally. My knees used to hurt me until I found that out. Now I make sure I hit my Hams & Quads on the same day. This can usually be accomplished by going deep down on your squats. I saw a video about this not too long ago.
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    Originally Posted by dkwojt View Post
    I just read your post and I am wondering where the pain is coming from. I've had knee issues in the past, but since I've list my weight, I no longer have the pain. If you are experiencing knee pain, you might want to cut back on the weight first to see if this is the problem.
    this thread is two years old, maybe he doesnt get pain anymore?
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    What's the best alternative to leg curls?
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