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9/20/19 4:52 P

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well I found a machine that works the upper thigh, they call it the leg extension machine. I just missed it they have so many machines at the gym I go to. I tried it out. That and the leg press seem to work every thing out for the legs, and I do my calves on the leg press too.

maybe the abs aren't connected to the leg but they flex whenever the leg raises during walking. maybe its just for balance

I've got to strength train to do my goal of the eight minute mile at 220ish pounds. I'll probably end up getting to 200 pounds before that happens though maybe I can do it then.

I run at 7.5 miles per hour for 30 seconds then get off the treadmill for 30 seconds and go back and forth to get used to running again. I'm good on the arc trainer I can keep a good pace on that 12 MET (whatever that means) for 30 minutes. but I get tired real fast jogging



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9/18/19 6:25 A

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Based on my rudimentary knowledge of human anatomy, the abs aren't connected to your legs nor do they lift the leg. The core muscles are indeed part of your core. The muscles in charge of moving your legs include the quadriceps, hamstrings and your hip flexors.

Thus said, a good strength training works your entire body and doesn't specifically target one area or worse, one muscle. It also incorporates a variety of exercises targeting the various muscle groups.

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9/18/19 4:29 A

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are the abs helping to lift the leg during running? I hear people say the core is important for stabilizing the body while running, but they don't mention that the abs seem to be connected to the leg, at least I can feel the abs move any time I lift my leg. Are regular sit ups working the lower abs that connect to the leg?

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9/17/19 5:18 P

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thank you I'll try some squat variations if that will strengthen the rectus femorus. I just thought that was a hard muscle to contract against weight, instead of releasing it against weight. But if de-contracting the muscle against weight can strengthen it I'll do it. I'm not trying to add muscle just strength training.

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9/17/19 9:46 A

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You need to work out more than just that muscle, but doing just weight machines limit how effective your strength training is for that type of thing. Any variation of squats can help strengthen the muscle you mentioned or even single leg exercises (something like a split squat where you put one leg back, say on a bench or something that you are safely comfortable with and then squat keeping good form on your front leg so you don't cause any injuries -- you can also try it with putting your other leg in front of you instead of behind you, but there are lots of variations you could try). Doing things like varied squats will be more effective than what you are describing on the leg press and leg curl machines. You can do a search on google or your favorite web search engine to find exercises for that particular muscle. I'm sure you could even find examples on youtube if you needed a demo before doing them. Either way, please make sure you are doing other exercises so you are training more than that one muscle.

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9/17/19 8:11 A

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yeah I do the leg press and the leg curl machines. I will do squats if my gym has a squat machine they don't have big free weights. I'm trying to learn how to target the rectus femorus muscle. I had to look it up to see what it was called but I think that's the one. Can I target that muscle in reverse by going slowly through the full range of motion on squats? the rectus femorus seems like a hard muscle to work out I used to do high knees exercises but that's more like aerobics.

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9/17/19 6:10 A

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I am not sure what your question is? Are you just using the leg press machine? If so, you may be severely limiting your strength training for your legs. A good routine targets the same muscles in a variety of ways. I don't belong to a gym but I am able to work my legs with a variety of squats, lunges, and such.

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9/16/19 3:57 P

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on the leg press machine, if you hold the rep and let the weight down gently after you've pressed, is that a reverse use of the leg raising thigh muscle. Does that strengthen the raising of the leg by working it out in reverse, will leg raises be easier for example after training with leg presses in this way? I think this is a good question because there is no other way to target the top of the thigh on the machines except in reverse as far as I can see

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9/16/19 9:17 A

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they don't have a machine that works out the thigh muscle that raises the leg, at my gym they just have the handle bars for leg raises. It works the abs and the leg at the same time. So are mostly the abs raising the legs when someone is running. It's easier to work out the abs with added weight than adding weight to leg raises, can ab work improve mile time noticabley, while forgetting about the thigh muscle that raises the leg. I never really worked out my abs directly but maybe that's a sort of easy way to keep from getting tired running. I used to be able to run the five minute mile but now Im 220 lbs I think I can run a ten minute mile right now but I want to run an eight minute mile before I loose my weight and put it to use like a weight vest

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