Leg Press Exercise Guide

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Leg Press is a strength exercise that works your triceps.

Leg Press is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your .

It requires weight machine to do.

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How to do Leg Press


The leg press exercise is a variant of leg press exercises which targets the external muscles of the legs by putting your feet closely together.

Start off sitting on a leg press machine with your foot on the crosspiece approximately 6 inces apart and your toes pointing outward.

Once in place, take the handles on the sides of the unit, loosen the keys, gradually lean over at your knees and push the weight as far as possible into your body.

Keep for a count and then return back to the starting spot.

Continue with as many reps and sets as needed.

Tips :

Should not lock your knees at the peak because that will result in injuries.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do leg press from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

The muscles used for leg press may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for leg press are:

Primary Muscles

  • Triceps

Synergyst Muscles

  • Glutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Leg Press work?
Leg Press works triceps.
What is Leg Press good for?
Leg Press is beneficial for conditioning and to strengthen. It works the best for , as it works triceps. Leg Pres is a great strength exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Leg Pres a good exercise?
Leg Pres is a popular strength exercise for triceps.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Leg Press Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Leg Press Standards and Averages


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Leg Press Alternatives


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Leg Press Variations

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Type(s) Strength, Isolated
Muscles Worked Triceps Brachii, Gluteus
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy, Simple
Equipment Weight Machine
Location At Gym

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Triceps
Synergyst muscle(s) Glutes

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