Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Leg Press Exercise

The leg press is an exercise that works the legs, predominantly working the Quadriceps and Gluteus Maximus muscles and the hamstrings as a secondary muscle group.

Compared to other leg exercises such as the Squat the leg press lets a weight lifter lift much heavier weight as it does not lift the weight in a vertical movement and the lifter is seated in a stabilised position.

There are many people who profess to lift over 455kg (1,000lb) when using the leg press. While this is more than feasible as some famous bodybuilders and powerlifters can lift 909kg (2,000lb) to 1137kg (2500lb), the amount of weight a person lifts very much depends on the range of movement in their lift.

A true leg press requires a full range of movement which causes a person to lift alot less than a leg press of shorter movement.

By adding the leg press exercise in to your leg exercise you will see strength and size added to your quads and gluteus maximus.

Leg Press

Equipment - Leg press machine (free weights or cable)

Preparation - Sitting upright comfortably put both feet on the foot plate, your legs should be at a 90 degree angle. Choose a weight you can lift comfortably.

Movement - Using your legs push the plate your feet are on thus lifting the attached weight. Always ensure that you do not lock your knees so your legs are straight as this can cause injury.

Reps/Sets 8 to 12 reps for 4 sets

Leg Press Video