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    Nordic curls hurt my knee(cap)s.

    The gyms I visit have a seated leg curl machine. I love the major compound exercises like squats, bench press, and, relevant to this post, the deadlift. To further exercise my hamstrings, I usually use the seated leg-curl machine.

    I recently heard that Nordic curl is superior to exercises like the leg curl machine. So I switched to Nordic curls instead of the leg curl machines. But even with soft mats (I use stretching mats) on my knees, my knees still hurt. fullrangestrength[dot]com/nordic-curl.html says that Nordic curls are very bad for the knees/kneecaps.

    I don't want to sacrifice my kneecaps just to get bigger/stronger hamstrings. That's not a deal I'm willing to make. What should I do?
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    Originally Posted by skelethor View Post
    The gyms I visit have a seated leg curl machine. I love the major compound exercises like squats, bench press, and, relevant to this post, the deadlift. To further exercise my hamstrings, I usually use the seated leg-curl machine.

    I recently heard that Nordic curl is superior to exercises like the leg curl machine. So I switched to Nordic curls instead of the leg curl machines. But even with soft mats (I use stretching mats) on my knees, my knees still hurt. fullrangestrength[dot]com/nordic-curl.html says that Nordic curls are very bad for the knees/kneecaps.

    I don't want to sacrifice my kneecaps just to get bigger/stronger hamstrings. That's not a deal I'm willing to make. What should I do?
    You should stop listening to who or what that told you that Nordics are in any way “superior” to seated leg curls (because they are not)

    In short, use the seated leg curls. It really doesn’t get much better to build hammies than that.
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    I like Nordic curls because the tension increases as the muscle lengthens. It's the opposite with leg curls.

    Use a bosu ball if one is available.
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    Originally Posted by skelethor View Post
    What should I do?
    Wear big puffy slip-on volleyball kneepads (srs).
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Wear big puffy slip-on volleyball kneepads (srs).
    I was thinking hockey or baseball catcher's shin pads would work too.
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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    I was thinking hockey or baseball catcher's shin pads would work too.
    Those tend to be harder & larger lower leg contraptions, not as comfy for exercise & not as easy to quickly put on & take off. I guess if you play hockey or baseball they could do double duty though.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Those tend to be harder & larger lower leg contraptions, not as comfy for exercise & not as easy to quickly put on & take off. I guess if you play hockey or baseball they could do double duty though.
    It would work. The padding is a donut at the knee so the patella isn't pressing against anything.
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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    It would work. The padding is a donut at the knee so the patella isn't pressing against anything.
    Got it, the old school puffy volleyball kneepads are pretty cheap/machine washable/easy on-off so seemed like an easy option unless you already played those other sports.
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    Use a ghr 👍
    Very similar. Think of it almost like an assisted nordic machine.

    Leg curl machines are fine tho for hyp purposes.
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    Originally Posted by MyEgoProblem View Post
    Use a ghr 👍
    Very similar. Think of it almost like an assisted nordic machine.

    Leg curl machines are fine tho for hyp purposes.
    None of the gyms I go to have a glute ham raise unfortunately
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