Resisted Valslide Leg Curls

Posted on by Ben Bruno

Today’s blog post will be short and to the point because I only have a few minutes to write and post it.

I’ve written more recently about how I’ve been using a lot of Valslide leg curls in my training, and the more I do them and play around with them, the more I’m really liking them. The tricky part is finding ways to progress them.

With that in mind, here are two things you can do.

First, you can put a chain (or something similar) over your hips. Like this.

Loading in this fashion increases the challenge for the glutes significantly. It won’t take much additional loading at all for this one to be a real bear.

The other thing you can do is to put a weight plate on top of the two Valslides, like so.

I wasn’t sure how this would work at first, but it actually works very well. Here is what it looks like in action.

Again, it won’t take a ton of weight to make it a lot harder. While the first variation increases the challenge for the glutes, this one increases the challenge for the hamstrings, so chose your method of loading according to your goal with the exercise.

Remember, whichever method you chose, it’s important to keep your hips elevated throughout the entire set. Think about maintaining a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. If you can’t do that, regress to an easier version and work back up.

You can also read this post for more sliding leg curl progressions.

And as always, you can always check out my You Tube channel for more videos and ideas.

Give these a shot and let me know what you think.

  • Mike

    Thanks for the info and vids, Ben. Do you know if the Valslides work well on rubber flooring? My garage gym has horse stall mats. Thanks again.

    • Valslide

      Valslides work best on carpet or on hardware floor if you have the booties.

  • Nolan Philpott PT

    How about attaching a low anchored resistance band to your ankles with a cable strap and doing either bilateral or unilateral variations? I dunno where I’d be able to buy Valslides in the UK but I’ll give it a go with small vinyl plates to see if that works! Cheers Ben