The leg press machine is one of the most common exercise equipment seen in most gyms and is popular with bodybuilders and keep-fit enthusiasts. This machine can provide you with the maximum amount of weight that work outs your lower body and offer an effective alternative to traditional free weight exercised used to develop the legs such as squats, dead lifts and lunges routines. By targeting the lower portion of the body, it helps you strengthen the muscles of your lower abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and calves effectively. Thus, leg presses will increase your muscle strength, size, and endurance.
With the innovative creation of this machine, it offers the user with a guided range of motion and at the same time completely stabilizes the muscles making it an advantage for those who failed to meet the demands of free weight exercises or haven’t mastered the details of some basic techniques. Since the machine aid both of your hips and knees by moving in a guided full range of motion, it allows multi-joint movement and allows you to work your lower body all at once. This machine can be applied in a number of ways. It can be used for wide or narrow leg presses, single leg presses, and even calf raises, which focuses only the major leg muscles (hamstrings and gastrocnemius). It also features a back support system to help maintain your natural spinal curve. This back support system includes a lumbar roll and a small cylinder-shaped pillow at the back that exercisers with back problems will surely appreciate. With the support on your lower back, many of the users reported that they feel more confident and comfortable compared to when they used the traditional squatting. This machine also includes safety stops that limit the extent of reach of user’s leg platform. In potential worst case scenarios, these built-in safety stops or catches will automatically keep the user from getting crushed or worst disabled.
A leg press machine is available in many designs from numerous manufacturers. But what really should you look for? For most people, the main reason of purchasing this machine is simple! They just want have something that will give them a challenging, effective and sufficient leg work out. There are different types of this machine based on user’s positioning, weight stacks, or cables. Before you decide on purchasing, consult first your gym specialist inorder to guide you in your selection process. By doing this, you will be far from purchasing insufficient leg pressed that may either lead you to serious injury or may not provide you with satisfactory results. The most common pitfalls when using this machine includes potential injury due improper form of the user, space limitation due to the size of the machine, bulkiness due to its heavy built, and its cost which is sometimes out of the budget.
Finding a leg press machine is not that hard. You can purchase this item either online, at sporting goods stores, department stores, or in wholesale stores. But to be sure, it is wise to visit a sporting goods store since they have qualified personnel that will help you choose the right equipment for you. Most likely, this equipment will be sold a fixed and full price, as you are assured that it is brand new. Good thing about coming to the store is that you are able to try on the equipment and decide really if it is the right one for you. The price ranges for this machine depends on its type, brand, size and quality. Most of the brand new, large, weight-stacked or cable-weighted machines usually range from $1000 to $4000. Smaller machines, new or used, will be sold approximately $100 to $900. Some reviews say that the brand doesn’t influence the price that much compare to the size and quality of the equipment.
It’s always good to remember upon purchasing to be cautious, meticulous, and wise. Rusts should be absent on the metal component of the equipment. The leather seat should have no cracks and must be in perfect condition. And the most important of all is that you should make sure that you are comfortable with the machine you are purchasing.