Some people look for reasons not to go into the gym. They find reasons to call an exercise dangerous. When I first got into the fitness industry, it was Olympic weightlifting, followed by Behind the Neck Presses. Now the pendulum has swung the other way. For several years it has been leg extensions getting a bad rap. Oh well. I still do them.
Let's face it, I love leg work. It's simple and basic. One exercise that I feel is very important, if you want strong, powerful legs, is the humble leg extension. If you can find a machine that fits you, machines can be fine. I have one that I love, but most of them don't fit me. What does fit are my Iron Boots. There are a million exercises that I can do with Iron Boots. They really are dumbbells for the feet. Unfortunately, to get some exercises right, you actually need some extra equipment, like a bench or seat of some sort.
Garage gym guys take note. The York Barbell Flex bench is a great one to
pair up with Iron Boots. Amazingly, it was sitting right in front of me for about fifteen years, since I worked at York. They even used me as a "short, but real lifter" model for that piece, when it was originally being designed. The current version has a few more positions than it used to have. The one you need for BOTH Iron Boot Leg Extensions and Iron Boot Leg Curls is that butt pad adjustment. That pad also has a wide, rolled edge. That is very important for both exercises.
Check out these Leg Extension and Leg Curl photos. You don't need tons of weight, but getting the right angles and support IS KEY. That York Barbell Flex Bench paired up with Iron Boots is an economical, efficient tool for your garage gym. Like or hate Leg Extensions they work. This pairing will remove two more excuses.
All the best,
"Today is a good day to lift."