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Leg Press 

  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.

  2. Unlock the safety pins and hold the weighted platform in place with your legs fully extended in front of you. 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. 


  • Make sure that you do not lock your knees when your legs are fully extended.


  • All foot stance variations described in the foot stance section. 

Alternative Exercises for Leg Press

  • Dumbbell Squats

  • Smith Machine Squats

  • Hack Squats 

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