Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

 

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

The leg press movement is similar to a squat in that you have the same joint movement and the same primary and secondary muscle groups are engaged.  However, because the body is much more supported, it is a safer and easier exercise for beginners to learn.

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

Exercise Execution:

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

Start/set-up position: Sit or lie in the supine position.  Adjust the seat or the footpad so that the knees are flexed at 90 degrees. Feet should be flat on the footpad.

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

Alignment: Pelvis, spine, neck and scapulae are in neutral position with abdominals contracted.  Moving joints: Hips, knees, and ankles. Pelvis is stabilized in neutral. Spine and neck do not move.

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

Movement: Exhale as the hips and knee extend. Knees may come to full extension in a controlled manner without hyperextending.  Inhale and slowly return to (Start position) knee flexion.

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

Machine Leg Press - Leg Exercise

Hamstrings, Quadricpes & Glutes

Common Errors:

  • Hyperextended neck
  • Knees overshoot toes
  • Knees failing to stay in line with toes
  • Inability to stabilize core/spine flexing forward
  • Inability to perform proper hip hinge with tailbone pointing back
  • Failure to bring pelvis back into neutral at the end of the lift
  • Heels lift off the footpad
Primary Muscle Group Secondary Muscle Group Joint type
Gluteals Quadriceps Compound
 
Difficulty Equipment Needed
Basic Low (Machine)

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Filed under: Exercises

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