As an isolation movement, the banded leg extension is a great way to mix up your leg days. For beginners this is a great exercise to add into your routine and for more advanced lifters this is a great exercise to add as a superset with another quad isolation move. It can also be used as a quad activation movement to do before a workout.
If you want to grow your quadriceps, one variation of a leg extension is imperative to have in your workout programme, and the banded version gives you a great starting point.
How to do Resistance Band Leg Extensions
- Anchor your long resistance band to the back of the chair you are using, or a stable object further away.
- Sit on the chair. Where possible you want to ensure that the backs of your knees rest directly against the chair. The resistance band should be just above ankle height.
- Contract your quadriceps and extend your legs, kicking your feet outward and upwards until your feet are fully extended.
- Allow your lower legs to drop in a control manner to the start position.
- Repeat for the desired sets and reps.
The exercise predominantly uses the quadriceps as it is an isolation movement.
How can I stay stable?
The best way to stay stable is to keep your hips down when moving your legs. Where you are able to it will also help to have your back against the back of the chair. You can also pull your toes up slightly so that your ankle joints are slightly dorsi-flexed (action of foot being raised towards the shin).
- Dumbbell leg extension
- Machine leg extension
- Cable leg extension