Emphasizing the QuadricepsThe quadriceps muscles are a group of four muscles in the front of your thighs that help you kick and lift your legs. Although the action of a leg press machine may closely mirror a squat, the leg press machine places greater emphasis on the quadriceps, according to “Muscle & Fitness” magazine. While you utilize less stabilizer muscles, such as the glutes and hamstrings, having your legs in the air and pushing against the platform places greater emphasis on the thighs. When you are really working to build your quadriceps, the leg press machine especially targets these muscles.
Foot Position ChangesThe leg press machine typically features a wide platform that allows you to change your foot positioning to target different aspects of your legs. For example, moving your feet higher up on the platform helps to target your butt muscles in addition to your thighs. If you move your feet lower on the platform, you will further target your quadriceps muscles.
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