Watch the video below to see a demonstration of proper form and technique for the leg press exercise. You can also check out some more quads exercise videos or find exercises for other muscle groups.

Instructions for Leg Press

To perform a set of leg press:

  1. Starting Position

    Load the angled leg press machine with the appropriate weight before sitting in the chair. Place your feet in the middle of the platform hip width apart. Your trunk should be in a neutral position and supported on the back bench. Extend your legs until you can unhook the safety arm for the weight platform.

  2. Eccentric (Downward) Motion

    Slowly bend at the knees, under control, to bring them down towards your body until you can no longer maintain the alignment of your body on the bench.

  3. Bottom Position

    Pause at the bottom position for a 2 sec count while maintaining tension to keep the platform from continuing downwards.

  4. Concentric (Upward) Motion

    Push into the platform with your feet to extend your legs until they are fully extended. Be aware of not changing the position of your body on the bench during the movement.

  5. End position

    Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have completed the desired number of leg press repetitions before resetting the safety arm and resting.

This completes one set of leg press.