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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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Aug 4, 2016 6:46 AM: Great

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May 27, 2016 1:32 PM: My favorite exercise for quads. (I can't do squats so this is the best alternative!)

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Apr 1, 2016 11:56 AM: Great exercise in a gym. Need better choices for Home gyms.

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Feb 11, 2016 9:55 AM: Straight

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Dec 10, 2015 4:01 PM: I love to go heavy here, right after my squats. Try four sets with your feet high for two sets and lower on the sled for two sets. Also great machine for super set with calf presses as well

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Aug 19, 2015 12:11 PM: Do four sets of these with one leg. Good exercise to finish off whatever's left off squats

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Jul 4, 2015 5:34 PM: pretty good

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May 19, 2015 9:42 AM: Great if you workout in a gym. I workout at home so need suitable alternatives.

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Feb 25, 2015 8:44 AM: a

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

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