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Leg press


Major muscles used

  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings

Performing the leg press

  • Sit in a leg press machine with your feet on the platform in front of you.
  • Your feet should be about hip-width apart.
  • Grasp the handles at your sides and lean back in the chair. Keep your back straight and abdominals tight.
  • Push forward on the platform extending your legs in front of you, keeping your legs slightly bent at the knees.
  • Slowly lower the weight (platform) towards your body until your knees are bent at about a 90 degree angle, or until your thighs touch your chest.
  • Return the weight (platform) to the starting positing by pushing the weight up until your legs are almost straight.

Be careful

  • Don't let your legs come so far back that they spread apart.
  • Don't lock your knees so that your legs become straight when pushing the weight up. Alternative exercises

Alternative exercises to the leg press

  • Smith machine squats
  • One legged leg press
  • Squats
  • Squats (with dumbbells)
  • Front squats

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