The leg press is a helpful gym equipment to use for developing muscles in the legs. As with all exercises, performing them correctly and safely brings the best results. The following instructions will help people who want to start performing the leg press complete this exercise safely.
Consult your primary care doctor to be sure if you can perform a leg press.
- Performing a leg press may look simple, but can be dangerous if not performed correctly. Check with your physician to make sure that you are healthy enough to perform one.
Wear the right attire.
- When performing any type of exercise, you should make sure that you are wearing the right attire for that particular exercise. For the leg press, you should look for flat sneakers or gym shoes as well as shorts or sweatpants.
Find a spotter.
- You should make sure there is someone around you to help you if the weight is too heavy or if you are having trouble racking it.
Choose a workout regimen.
- There are many workout regimens and plans that you could follow. For example, if you want to get stronger, you should use heavier weights, but perform the action less times.
- If you want to build muscle, you should use lower weights and aim for about 8-12 repetitions.
Adjust the height of the chair and the range motion so that you’re comfortable.
- Being comfortable is essential to any exercise, if you are uncomfortable you could increase your risk of performing the movement incorrectly and potentially injure yourself.
Sit with your back flat on the seat.
- It should be pressed firmly against the chair.
- Keeping your back flat is important because it acts as a stable base that you can push off of.
Place your feet flat on the platform about shoulder width apart.
- There are many variations of foot placement which allow you to exercise different groups of leg muscles. For beginners, shoulder width is optimal for all round muscle development.
Push safety bars to the side and hold on to them throughout the exercise.
- This allows you to stay safe and feel secure, in case you can’t handle the weight.
Lower the platform towards you by slowly bringing your knees towards your face.
- As far as you can go depending on flexibility. For beginners, you should aim to reach a 90 degree angle at your knees.
Push back the platform and focus on keeping your feet flat.
- Make sure not to push the platform all the way like shown above so that your knees do not lock and your knees don’t bend outwards.
- Make sure to push with your heels to prevent any injuries.
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 based on the number of repetitions you’ve decided upon within your workout regimen. (Step 4)
Pull back the safety bars to rack the weight.
- Make sure the platform is extended far enough for the safety bars to rack.
When you’re done with the exercise, unrack the weight and wipe down the equipment.
- This last step is a rule of thumb for any exercise at the gym, out of courtesy for the following person. The next person does not want to re rack your weights or sit on your sweat.