Single Leg - Leg Press

The single leg leg press is a great exercise for making sure that you are creating balance in your lower body.  When you perform the standard leg press you may be pushing with one leg more than the other, by doing the single leg leg press you are making sure that both legs develop evenly.

Single Leg Machine Leg Press

Primary Muscles Used

Muscles Used in Leg Press

Single Leg Leg Press Instructions

  • Sit on the machine with your back and head resting comfortably against the padded support.
  1. Place one foot on the footplate close to the middle of the plate but slightly over towards the leg you are using for the motion.
  2. Your butt and lower back should be flat against the seat and back rest.
  3. At the starting position your leg should form an angle of about 90 degrees at the knees. If your foot is too high on the plate, it will stress your lower back, too low and it puts unnecessary pressure on your knees. Your knees should be in line with your feet and neither be bowed inward nor outward. As you press, make sure to keep strait alignment throughout the motion.
  4. Keep your other leg bent and out of the way of all moving parts.
  5. Repeat.
Single Leg Leg Press

Benefits of the Single Leg Leg Press

  • By performing each leg separately you are correcting any muscular imbalances.
  • By doing each leg separately you are able to put increased stress on your glutes.
  • The leg press is a great way to add strength and stamina to your lower body.
  • By using the leg press machine you take pressure off of the spine when doing a heavy lower body exercise.
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