Linear Leg Press (Exercise How to &YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdaRhKPRzvA

Most gyms will carry this machine, but I have seen them shaped seemingly different. The above video is of myself demonstrating how to use one (I did 4 x 20 at 180 lb) but of course depending on your goals and fitness level that could be different for everyone. Something I want EVERYONE to keep in mind during this exercise since so many people have gotten hurt utilizing this machine (because they did not use it properly) is DON’T LOCK YOUR KNEES! also, this machine weight DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BARBELL SQUAT IT! so many people assume because they can leg pres 500 lb they can then squat 500 lb — that is not how this works and you will harm yourself assuming otherwise. Please head to my warnings, if you want to see some videos of people who have broken bones during this exercise, let me know.. ha. 

 

So now that I have the warnings out of the way, this exercise is actually a decent workout, now people with knee problems or issues this machine might not be for you (ask your medical doctor first) but I have known people with knee surgery, etc to utilize it afterwards (post their surgery after rehab) so don’t assume you will not ever be able to – anything is possible with a mindset of success. I personally use this machine as a superset and pyramid workout as well, I think it definitely is one that will leave your leg day worthwhile after doing so many reps and sets. 

 

How does one use this machine/do this workout:

 
  1. Sit down at the machine and place legs on the platform in front of you. There are three stances you can use on this machine but I will be talking about the medium (shoulder width) foot stance. 
  2. Lower the safety bars while pushing the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended (without locking your knees)
  3. Inhale and lower the platform until your upper and lower legs make a 90 degree angle
  4. Push using the heels of your foot, and quads.. go back up to starting position.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions and be sure to remember to lock the safety pins again when finished. 

What muscles are being worked?

  • quads
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • calves
  • hip and torso for stabilization

Depending on foot placement on the platform you can isolate which muscles you want to work on more directly. I tend to like the variety this machine offers. 

 

I would recommend this machine for beginners as well as intermediate athletes, because like I said it can be used as a superset, pyramid or even just a way to strengthen your leg muscles. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 

Do any of you not like using this machine? 

 

Published by fitnessgrad

Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

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