Leg Press

The leg press, using machine weights, is a relatively safe exercise to do, even for those with knee problems.

Technique

  1. leg press exerciseChoose the appropriate weight and set the seat so that the knees are bent just over right angles.
  2. Position feet about shoulder width apart
  3. Try to push through your heels, keeping the knees lined up over the toes
  4. Extend the legs until nearly straight, avoiding locking the knees
  5. Lower the weight slowly back towards the starting position
  6. Repeat for the number of reps required

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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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