The Leg Press is an isotonic resistance machine that serves as a precursor or alternative to the squat. Though it may not engage all the stabilising muscles in your joints or recruit core muscles in the same manner a squat does, the leg press is ideal for beginners looking to increase lower body strength before progressing to a free weight or barbell movement.
Moreover, this piece of apparatus is useful for those recovering from injury, allowing them to concentrate on performing the motion smoothly and correctly whilst getting back and core support from the built-in seat. Here are some simple set-up tips:
– Position your seat so that there’s roughly a 90-degree angle from heel to knee to hip
– Ensure your feet are equidistant from the midline of the platform, hip-shoulder-width apart, with feet parallel or at 11 to 1 whatever feels comfortable
– Pushing through the full surface area of your feet, with a slight emphasis on the heel, extend your legs until they are ALMOST straight
– Gently bring your knees back towards your chest, with knees bending in the direction of your second toe
A few things to avoid:
– Setting your seat too close to the platform. Doing so may place unnecessary pressure on your lower back
– Locking your knees during extension. Keep them soft to safeguard your joints
– Lifting your heels from the platform, as this will place stress on your ankles – Allowing your knees to buckle inward. The knees do not like to bend this way too often!
If you would like someone to walk you through the movement in person, Hannah and the rest of the fitness team are always on hand to help. Contact us to find out more or to book a tour of our facilities on 01903 681220 or visit us in Spierbridge Road, Storrington.