A cable machine can be great for isolating various parts of the legs including the hamstrings.
Standing leg curls can make the legs burn as it takes a good deal of concentration and intensity just to hold the upper leg steady throughout the movement.
For those of you who love free weights, be sure to throw in some cables or machines to mix it up. Variations in your training are a big bonus for muscle growth and overall progress. As always muscle helps us burn fat as we hold onto our muscle and metabolism.
It can be a big challenge to hold the upper leg steady to isolate the hamstring. This is both good and bad.
The bad part of trying to hold the upper leg stead is that momentum can become an issue. Too much momentum of the upper body and upper leg can result is less isolation of the target muscle. However, when done correctly the burn and unique targeting can be wonderful.
Form & Safety
As always form and safety is extremely important. Injury is always possible. I have been doing movements like this for 26 years and adding weight is natural for me. Use caution and consult professionals. But keep in mind rule 2! Intensity is one of the rules I have lived by for over 26 years.
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