Squat Leg Press


Keep abdominals tight. Keep your weight on your heels, not your toes. Do not allow your thighs to go past parallel on the squat, although on the leg press machine, you can go deeper as comfort allows. Do not bounce to get back up.


▪ If you have low back problems, use the leg press where you are more supported in a lying position rather than squats.

▪ If you have patellar problems, use leg press, lighten weights and do higher reps (i.e., 20 to 25) and monitor for any increase in kneecap symptoms. Or, try quarter squats where instead of going down to parallel/90 degrees, you only drop down 25 percent within your comfort zone.

▪ Also, if you have low back or patellar problems, start with barbell only with squats and no weight added.

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