Leg Press – Hammer Strength

Fitness Institute Leg Press

Written by Coryn Littler

January 2, 2020

Gym Exercises

The Leg Press is a very effective exercise for those looking to strengthen their legs and hips. Learn more on how to perform this popular movement with the team at Fitness Institute!

Machine: Hammer Strength Incline Leg Press

To begin, place feet shoulder width apart on the platform. Press up through heels and unlock the safety levers (Figure 1).

From here, slowly and with control, bend the knees until you reach 90o (Figure 2). Pause, then extend knees with control back to the starting position.

Once finished, lock the safety levers at end of set.

Classification of Exercise:

  • Compound

Major Joints:

  • Knee Joint
  • Hip Joint
  • Ankle

Major Muscles and Joint Actions during the concentric (pressing) phase:

  • Quadriceps ( Vastus Medialis / Vastus Intermedius / Vastus Lateralis / Rectus Femoris) for Knee Extension
  • Gluteus Maximus for Hip extension.
  • Gastrocnemius and Soleus for ankle plantar flexion
  • Hamstrings (Semimembranosus, Semitendinosus and Biceps Femoris) for hip extension and stabilising the tibia

Remember to seek the advice of your fitness trainer, medical and/or allied health professionals, if you are new to exercise or have an injury or medical condition to consider.

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