Leg Press

The difficulty performing the leg press exercise lies in maintaining trunk and knee position, as there’s a strong tendency to rotate your pelvis (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow your knees to drift out of position.

This exercise targets your thighs, glutes, hamstrings and abdominal muscles.

Maintain position of your trunk, knees and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.

If you’ve had a knee or back injury, this may be a starting exercise in physical therapy.

Starting Position

Lie down with one foot up so as to protect your back. Pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set one foot on the leg press plate so that the foot is in line with the same side’s shoulder.


While maintaining trunk/pelvic position, lower your knee to 50 degrees of knee bend then back up to where the knee is almost completely extended.

Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.

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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.

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