Leg press

Training on the leg press is a conventional form of leg muscle training in strength training. Especially in order to counteract the high pressure loads on the joints of the lower extremities, well-trained thigh and lower leg muscles are necessary. Especially the training of the thigh extensor muscles (M. quadrizeps femoris) and the calf muscles (M. gastrocnemius) have positive effects on the knee joint.

In order to achieve the hoped-for effects of strength training, certain training criteria must be adhered to, otherwise the joints may be subjected to high stress. However, leg muscle training is not only used in the field of fitness and health, but especially in game sports, where the own body or a piece of sports equipment has to be accelerated in a very short time (football, handball). The leg press is one of the most effective exercises besides the knee bends to achieve a targeted muscle build-up in bodybuilding. – Tailor muscle

  • Medial thigh muscle
  • Straight thigh muscle
  • Lateral gluteus maximus
  • Anterior tibial muscle

Description leg press

The leg press exercise can be performed in various forms. For example, the athlete stands on a splint and pushes himself off a wall. This has the advantage that the athlete cannot overload the muscles.

Another form of leg press is to move the weight on a splint. An attempt is made to press against the weight. The leg press can be done sitting or lying down.

For back pain, pressing against the resistance in the seat is recommended. The feet stand shoulder-wide apart and the pressure is applied continuously over the whole foot. To avoid overloading the joints, the feet should be placed as high up as possible on the device. For athletes with patellar tip syndrome, the working angle between the thigh and lower leg should be at least 120°.