Leg Press: Muscles Worked & Technique

Leg Press exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Leg Press

Muscles worked in leg press

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Leg Press

  1. Adjust the machine so that you only need to extend your legs slightly to be able to release the weights. Adjust the safety pins so that they catch the weight if you are unable to lift it.
  2. Place your feet on the sled, about shoulder-width apart.
  3. Inhale and lower the weight by bending your legs.
  4. Lower the weight as deep as possible without rounding your back, and while keeping your glutes on the seat.
  5. Press the weight back up again as you exhale.


The leg press is a great leg exercise that, compared with barbell squats, require less balance, control and mobility. This means that this exercise can be easier to start with for a beginner, and also that you can train closer to muscular failure without having to think about balance.

Many people can load much heavier weights in the leg press than in the barbell squat, but you will probably get the best training effect if you prioritize form and range of motion over weight.

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