Leg press ergonomic tips
Leg press done according to the Dr. Fitness USA protocol will increase your strength dramatically.
Here are 12 tips to improve your leg press technique:
- Keep your heels low on the area of the board
- On a Hammer or Life Fitness leg press, keep your feet straight and parallel to your hips or slightly wider by approximately 2 inches on either side
- On other leg press machines that have softer platforms, you can use different foot positions.
- Raise your bench angle to 45°
- To increase strength, keep your heavier sets at 4 reps
- Finish strong, on a “working set” by lowering the weight slightly and increasing the reps to 8.
- If you want to increase strength, Drop setting weakens you
- Super setting leg press with aerobic activities or stretching subjects you to unforeseen tendon and ligament injuries
- The heavier weights follows the line of movement of the lighter weights, so don’t think, just execute. As soon as the weight comes down, immediately push up.
- Do not round back which weakens the arches in your back & or drop your chin to chest which cuts off oxygen to your brain
- Breath, inhale through the nose while bringing the legs down, exhale through the mouth when pushing the legs up
- Start your workout with a plate load leg press, not a selectorized machine. Selectorized machines are too hard on the joints and tendons. You are coming into the machine cold and will never allow you to move up in sufficient weight.
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