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The Titan Leg Curl / Extension Machine is a compact, plate-loaded machine that doubles as a seated leg curl and leg extension machine perfect for home gyms. The price point, features, and quality are all a step above what Titan Fitness typically offers and I recommend it if you have the space and want to pack some muscle on your quads and hammies.
Titan Fitness continues its work of taking feedback from customers and improving its products. The Leg Curl / Extension Machine from Titan combines a leg extension machine with a leg curl machine that also works as a standing leg curl that takes two of the most used lower body machines in a commercial gym and allows home gym owners to have access. The greatest benefit of the machine is the ability to use Olympic plates to load instead of traditional selectorized machines. If you’re on a budget, but want to add machines to your home gym, this is a great place to start.
Before we dig into this Titan Seated Leg Curl/Extension Machine Review, let’s start with the basics: what home gym owner is this machine best suited for? Budget obviously plays a factor, but for a machine like this that’s pretty specialized, it will largely depend on the type of training and goals you have.
Who I recommend the Titan Seated Leg Curl/Extension for
Who I don’t recommend the Titan Seated Leg Curl/Extension for
One big realization for people when they decide to go from a commercial gym to a home gym is the required space reduction. This ultimately then leads to the understanding that many of the machines used and loved at the YMCA will no longer be available to use. However, there are a few machines that combine movements and provide a big bang for the buck that can make sense in a garage gym and the Titan Seated Leg Curl/Extension Machine is a prime example.
Titan’s Seated Leg Curl/Extension Machine is designed to be a budget-friendly leg extension that doubles as a seated leg curl machine and despite its price, it’s actually a pretty fantastic machine.
Titan Fitness has developed an efficient line of multi-use plate-loaded machines and this one is surprisingly very good. With a lightweight, yet heavy-duty frame and a smaller footprint than bulkier commercial models, the Titan Seated Extension Machine uses Olympic plates that are already used in nearly every home gym in the world for resistance instead of bulky and expensive weight stacks.
A leg extension allows a trainee to focus on building muscle on their quadriceps while a leg curl allows the user to hit their hamstrings. This is definitely an accessory movement that is great when paired with heavy squats and can provide a tremendous pump and strength increase that’s hard to replicate.
Outside of a leg press, these two machines are the most popular lower body machines for trainees, and Titan’s version combines them into one.
The Leg Curl / Extension Machine showed up in a very large cardboard box on my doorstep. I was a bit worried it was going to be heavy to move, but it doesn’t have a ton of parts, so it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.
There was hardly any cosmetic damage to the box and I’m happy to see that Titan continues to improve their package protection as they’ve been known in the past to have issues.
Assembly was pretty straightforward and took about 40 minutes to secure all the bolts after getting it to settle in the part of the gym I plan to keep it.
One pro-tip I’d give during assembly is to make sure the handles on the machine are placed forward. It can feel like they should go backwards as they would on a lying leg curl, but they actually face towards the thigh pad so you can hold them during extensions.
First and foremost, as with any piece of equipment from Titan Fitness, the price is one of the most attractive things about this machine. Coming in in the mid 400s this machine replaces what would normally be $1000 to $2000 worth of weight equipment. This machine is a much more viable option for home gyms as it is much more portable and it offers much greater value for what you can use it for.
Compared to a bulky selectorized stack style of leg machine, this plate-loaded variant much better serves the average home gym owner who may not be operating with the most amount of space or a large pocketbook. In my personal use of this machine, I would find myself moving it around all the time whenever I would get new equipment to make better use of my space. This is not something you can do with a heavy Selectorized stack as a machine like that can come in at hundreds of pounds.
As you’ve probably already noticed if you currently have a home gym, the layout of your gym will continuously be shifting as you add more equipment. Machines that don’t require a forklift to move, are really nice (just trust me on this one.)
The Titan Leg Curl / Leg Extension is actually one of the most functional plate-loaded machines I’ve used. With both an adjustable back pad and seat, anyone can use this and get an effective leg workout regardless of their size. The range of motion on the machine is actually quite good and you can get a full contraction without banging any weights around. Like other plate-loaded machines, there is the advantage that you can use weights you already have to create the load, something often overlooked by equipment manufacturers.
Overall for a Titan piece, this machine is pretty high-quality with neat welds and an overall solid frame. In the beginning, we ragged on Titan a bit because their quality was so spotty, but they’ve really stepped up their game in recent years.
Although the welds seem clean, the pads are not the best quality I’ve seen but they certainly hold up to decent use and I had no problems with any rips or significant breakdown.
Titan added some nice details on this machine which made me pleasantly surprised.
For one, they added a counterbalance peg on the back of the machine that you can put weights on; this prevents most instability when you are performing the exercises.
The adjustment pins are also rather high quality for a budget, imported piece, enabling you to adjust all parts of the machine in a smooth manner and do it quickly.
Without utilizing cables for the movement, this piece is very easy to build with a pretty straightforward bolt-together assembly. While this may not mean much to many people, I know that having to start builds over can be very frustrating.
I’m glad Titan decided to give the machine the ability to be used for leg curls and extensions. To use it for leg curls, you simply flip the weight post 360 degrees so that you can pull your legs towards your glutes instead of pushing it away. It also works just as well for standing leg curls that can torch the hamstrings, which is a movement I really like.
In order to allow for all sorts of angles to be achieved, the shin pad attaches to a circular piece of metal that has holes cut out around the entire perimeter. This allows the machine to be dialed in for the movement you’re wanting to train and matching it to your flexibility.
I would recommend this machine to pretty much anybody with a home gym looking to get a very useful and valuable piece of equipment. At about half the cost of any other machines of this quality, I would say it’s a no-brainer purchase for anyone looking to add more machines to their designated workout space. Not many companies offer affordable plate-loaded lines of equipment so it is definitely a nice option along with Titan’s other similar pieces such as the plate-loaded Lat Tower and the Shoulder machine.
As with most Titan equipment, the idea and overall function of the machine is pretty solid, but there are some minor issues that could affect your decision to purchase it.
For starters, the counterbalance peg is nice but impractical. I had the machine located against a wall to save space and had absolutely no room to get to and actually use the counterbalance. After almost flipping the machine with quite a bit of weight on it I was forced to sacrifice a larger dumbbell to stabilize the center beam of the machine.
Another issue I sort of expected was the quality of the thigh and shin pad. Although they are generally pretty solid, the pads are rather skimpy in some places and heavy leg extensions cause noticeable discomfort on my lower shins. Because of this, I have mostly used this machine for single leg isolation movements so that I can reduce the amount of weight I need to put on it and the pads do their job a lot better in this fashion.
At the bottom portion of reps on the leg extension, the resistance is reduced due to where the weight is placed on the pendulum. This is annoying but can be improved by adding resistance bands to the weight peg and the back of the machine.
I am a bit weary of recommending this machine to super heavy lifters as my concerns over stability only increase with more weight added to the machine. The pads can also feel a bit uncomfortable at heavier loads.
Before we finish up the review, I’d like to highlight what I most like about the Leg Curl / Extension and some of my complaints.
My Favorite Things About the Titan Leg Curl / Extension
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