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Leg Press

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Quadriceps Other Muscles: Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings Equipment: Machine Mechanics Type: Compound Level: Beginner Sport: NoForce: Push
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Leg Press Guide

Main Muscle: Quadriceps

  1. Using a leg press machine, sit down on the machine and place your legs on the platform directly in front of you at a medium (shoulder width) foot stance. (Note: For the purposes of this discussion we will use the medium stance described above which targets overall development; however you can choose any of the three stances described in the foot positioning section).
  2. Lower the safety bars holding the weighted platform in place and press the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended in front of you. Tip: Make sure that you do not lock your knees. Your torso and the legs should make a perfect 90-degree angle. This will be your starting position.
  3. As you inhale, slowly lower the platform until your upper and lower legs make a 90-degree angle.
  4. Pushing mainly with the heels of your feet and using the quadriceps go back to the starting position as you exhale.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions and ensure to lock the safety pins properly once you are done. You do not want that platform falling on you fully loaded.

Caution: Always check to make sure that when you re-rack the weight the platform is securely locked.

Variations: All foot stance variations described in the foot stance section.

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Feb 15, 2015 6:53 PM: My favorite! Love it!

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Dec 28, 2014 6:24 PM: did 7 sets ok

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Dec 28, 2014 6:23 PM: did 7 sets ok.

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7/10

Nov 29, 2014 10:45 PM: As with most machines it should be used as a supplementary exercise to finish those quads and hamstrings. I find it a good exercise to stretch the back after dead lifts and squats. Focus on keeping your spine flat while bring your knees all the way into the arm pits.

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Jul 2, 2014 10:57 AM: Just Coming back from a long break out.

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May 14, 2014 2:00 PM: I dont have a leg press machine i just have my self is there any good exercises to replace this plz help

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Jan 25, 2014 11:41 AM: My Fav After Deadlift

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Jan 25, 2014 11:12 AM: I have always done the legpress as long as I can remember. I have nothing against it seeing to how it's a great lower body workout, but since I am doing full barbell squats which work all the muscles of the leg press plus more...I may end up leaving this exercise out since my workout is already over...+See More

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Jan 20, 2014 7:25 AM: Good for additional quad work but can cause hip problems if not done in combination with full squats

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