Iíve been working on my lower body to increase the muscles and give my long, thin legs some shape. I was told the leg press was a great exercise for just that. Itís kind of scary. How do I use this machine? (Janine, Hauppauge) Answer
Yes, the leg press might appear intimidating, but it is safe. The leg press can build some good lean muscle in your legs. Hereís how it works:
- Lie back in the machine, making sure your lower back is secure against the pad.
- Place your feet shoulder-width apart on the metal platform.
- Release the stop handles and let your legs bend as you bring your knees towards your chest forming a 90 degree angle (safe for knees). Exhale as you extend your legs before lock out and continue.
- Use a weight that enables you to do 12-15 reps Ė feeling the last few reps.
Aim for 3-5 sets in the leg press twice a week and incorporate lunges and squats. This regimen will give your legs the shape and muscle you seek.
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