How To Do Seated Leg Press

Seated Leg Press Exercise

Seated leg press is a fantastic strength development exercise for the quads and glutes and can be a great option for those suffering from back pain who are unable to squat.

Seated Leg Press How To

  • Sit down in the seated leg press machine, back against the pad and feet placed firmly on the foot pad.
  • Breath in and then as you exhale, press against the foot pad as you extend the knees.
  • Continue extending until the knees are straight but not locked.
  • Bend the knees again to return to the starting position.
  • Continue until all reps are completed.

Form and Technique

While doing this exercise, watch your foot placement. The lower the feet are on the foot pad, the more quad-dominant this exercise will be.

Likewise, the higher they are, the more hamstring/glute activation you’ll receive.

Adjust your feet as desired depending on which muscle groups you most want to work.

Variations:   Squats, Smith Machine Squats

Routine for Strength:  3 sets x 12-15 reps

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

Seated Leg Press