Leg Press

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Quads
Secondary Muscle(s) Glutes, Hamstrings
Equipment Machine
Emphasis Compound
Type Push

Leg Press Instruction

  • Sit inside a leg press machine.
  • Put both feet in the middle of the platform at shoulder-width with toes pointed slightly outward.
  • Extend your leg to push the weight up and release the safety.
  • Lower the weight slowly until your knee reaches just a little more than 45-degrees.
  • Don't let your glutes come off the seat.
    • If this happen, your low back is compromised and you are setting yourself up for injury.
  • At the bottom position, drive your heels through the pad and push the weight up. 
  • Don't lock your legs out at the top.


  • Again, do not let your glutes come off the bench. This is unwarranted stress on your lower back. 
  • Don't lock out your legs.
  • Keep your eyes focused straight ahead. You want a full neutral spine.
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