Increasing lower body strength: the leg press machine

The leg press is a great multiple joint exercise for those looking for increased lower body strength. As no weight is supported through the back, the exercise is suitable for those who have not developed sufficient core strength to handle heavy squats and/or have lower back problems that could make squatting problematic. The exercise provides a great foundation of leg strength for virtually all sports. It can directly assist double-footed jumping power (especially when performed explosively – ie to a ‘one’ count on the press and a ‘two’ count on the lowering phase). Specifically, its action is akin to the leg drive in rowing, which obviously makes it very useful for exponents of this particular sport.