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The Leg Press is a lower body exercise that primarily targets the quadriceps but also works the calves, hamstrings and glutes. This is a compound exercise which is well suited to beginner lifters.



  • Position your feet about shoulder width apart. Extend your legs until they are almost straight, avoiding locking your knees – this is the starting position.
  • Bend your legs, bringing the foot plate towards you slowly until there is a 90 degree bend in your legs – go further if you can. Then extend your legs back to the starting position, keeping your knees in line with your toes and pushing through your heels.

Leg Muscle Diagram.

Leg Muscles