Leg Curls on Marcy Home Gym

Trainer’s Tips for Performing Leg Curls on Home Gym Machine

By: Jeremy Fox, CNC, CPTPublished: March 27, 2024

If doing leg curls with your Marcy home gym machine doesn’t feel quite right, this tutorial is for you. I’m going to show you how to fix three problems with the universal gym leg curl exercise.

These simple tips will help you get more from your leg workouts for bigger, stronger hamstrings!

Marcy Home Gym Leg Curl

Marcy Home Gym Leg Exercises

The Marcy Home Gym is a versatile piece of strength training equipment that allows you to perform various exercises with one machine. It comes with a leg extension and leg curl attachment, featuring high-density foam roller pads, which proves helpful on leg day.

The exercise chart displayed on the machine features a female fitness model demonstrating how to perform the leg curl exercise. However, if you follow the example, you’ll quickly notice that something feels off.

Marcy Leg Curl Exercise Chart

Marcy Leg Curl Problems

The Marcy Home Gym exercise chart demonstrates a limited range of motion, improper alignment, and inadequate support, which make doing leg curls difficult.

  • Restricted Range of Motion: When straddling the cable, the pad hits the back of your leg before you can straighten it at the bottom of the movement.
  • Misaligned Pivot Point: The pivot point doesn’t line up with your knee because it’s too high for most people under 6 feet tall.
  • Lack of Support: The working leg moves front to back because it’s unsupported, making the exercise feel awkward.

To resolve these issues, I will show you how to replicate a commercial gym standing leg curl machine.

How to Do Marcy Home Gym Leg Curl

The keys to performing an effective leg curl on the Marcy home gym are providing tension through the full range of motion, aligning your knee with the pivot point, and stabilizing your body. Here are some tips to set up your home gym leg curl for maximum effectiveness.

  • Stand Off to the Side: This allows you to straighten your leg at the bottom of the movement. A full range of motion is better for stimulating maximum hamstring hypertrophy.
  • Use a Platform: Placing a sturdy object like a weight plate under your feet raises your knee to align with the pivot point, helping your leg move through a more natural movement pattern. For me, a 1.5″ thick plate puts my knee in the ideal place, but you may need more or less depending on your height. If you don’t have a good platform, standing on your tippy toes could do the trick.
  • Brace Your Thigh: Use the adjustable preacher curl pad to stabilize the front of your thigh. I put it on the lowest height setting so it supports my mid-thigh. The bracing also seems to make it easier to lift more weight on the leg curl.

In the YouTube Short below, I demonstrate how to apply these fixes to perform leg curls on the Marcy home gym.

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​With these simple adjustments, your home gym leg workout routine will be much more effective. Here are some additional exercise and workout tips.

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