University Recreation


Leg Press

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Quadriceps, Hamstrings
Secondary Muscles: Calves, Glutes
Body Area: Legs
Modality Types: Machines Machines
Equipment: Hammer Strength Leg Press (Plate Loaded), Hammer Strength Linear Leg Press, Cybex Eagle Leg Press (11040)

Leg Press Leg Press

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Sit down at a leg press machine, ensuring that you have an appropriate amount of weight loaded
  • Position your feet together against the crosspiece with feet shoulder width apart
  • Grasp the handle grips or sides of the seat
  • Bend your knees and lower the weight only until your knees are bent at approximately a 90 degree angle, ensuring that you do not allow hips to change position
  • Slowly push the weight back up using your heels, not your toes
  • Do not lock your knees at the top, but rather take the weight to just before lock
  • You can change the position of your feet to target different areas of the lower body


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