PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To build the mass
of the thighs. If Squats have a
disadvantage, it’s the pressure they put
on the lower back. Doing Leg Presses is
a way around this that allows you to
work the legs with very heavy weight.
EXECUTION: (1) Using a Leg Press
machine, position yourself under the
machine and place your feet together
against the crosspiece. Bend your knees
and lower the weight as far as possible,
bringing your knees toward your
shoulders. (2) Press the weight back up
again until your legs are fully extended.
Don’t get in the habit of pushing on your
knees to help your legs press upward, or
of crossing your arms across your chest
and limiting your range of motion.