What muscles does the Leg Press work?

The Leg Press targets your whole legs especially your quadriceps (front thighs), hamstrings (back of your thighs) and glutes.

How to use the Leg Press?

Adjust the seat so that there’s a 90° angle at your knee joint when you’re sat down with your feet on the platform.

Adjust the resistance.

When you’ve found the perfect seat position, place your feet in the centre of the platform, hip-width apart. Your toes are facing forward (not pointing out) and your ankles, knees and feet are aligned.

Keep your back and shoulders on the seat, brace your core to bridge the gap between the seat and your lower back. Place your hands on the handles. Look forward.

Push through your heels to extend your legs and stop just before locking your knees. Then return to the starting point but don’t let the weight hit the weight stack.

Video demo

Pro tips

  • Keep your entire feet on the platform (don’t let your heels peel off).

  • Keep your knees aligned with your hips (don’t let them cave in).

  • To target your glutes a bit more, place your feet on the top half of the platform.

How to tell if you’re doing it right?

You mainly feel your quads working. It’s not hurting your knees.

If you have to lift your bum or your lower back to press the weight then you need to reduce the resistance.