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The lying leg press, also known as a “sled style” leg press, uses weighted plates attached directly to the sled.

The weighted discs are mounted on rails and the user sits below the sled, pushing it upward with their feet. A vertical leg press is equipped with a safety bracket that prevents the weights from slamming down or trapping the user.

Start with your knees at a 90-degree angle, place your feet flat against the board, about hip-width apart. Legs should be in line with the knees, not bending inward or outward.

Exhale as you push the weight away slowly, making sure you don’t lock your knees. Inhale as you slowly bring the weight back towards your body, making sure you don’t slam the weight back.

You should feel enough pressure in the legs to be uncomfortable, but should not feel pain or straining.