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How to Do a Leg Press

Build up your thighs and butt with this simple, effective exercise.


  • Step 1: Adjust machine Adjust the machine so that your back rests against the back pad when your legs are extended.
  • Step 2: Load machine w/ weight Load the machine with weight.
  • Step 3: Release weight & lower With your legs about shoulder width apart, release the weight and slowly lower it until your legs form 90-degree angles.
  • TIP: Don't let your legs bend beyond 90 degrees—it's hard on your knees.
  • Step 4: Push weight back up Pushing from your hips, press the weight back up, driving from your heels until your legs are extended but not locked at the knee.
  • TIP: For an added calf exercise, press up onto your toes.
  • Step 5: Re-lock the weight When you are done doing presses, re-lock the weight before standing up. Take it easy — you'll probably be feeling the burn!
  • FACT: The evangelical preacher Pat Robertson claims to have leg-pressed 2,000 pounds, roughly the combined weight of five American black bears.

You Will Need

  • A leg press machine

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