How To Do 45 Degree Leg Press

45 Degree Leg Press Exercise

45 Degree Leg Press is a great overall strength and mass builder for the lower body and it’s a compound movement primarily involving quadriceps and glutes as well as hamstrings, which are used as stabiliser muscles.

45 Degree Leg Press How To

  • Locate a 45 Degree Leg Press machine and begin by placing both feet shoulder width apart on the platform.
  • Unlock the safety mechanism and lower the weight slowly until both legs are at 90 degrees.
  • Pause and exhale while pressing the weight to original position until the knees are straight but not locked.

Form and Technique

Remember to keep the hips and pelvis steady throughout and avoid letting the lower back lift up off the back pad by keeping the core tight.

VariationsSingle Leg Press, Squats, Smith Machine Squats

Routine for Strength:   3 sets x 12-15 reps

Routine for Muscle Gains:   4-5 sets x 6-8 reps

45 Degree Leg Press