HOW: Find a seated position in the leg press machine. Stabilize the upper body and core by grasping the handles to the side.
Bring the legs up to the plate of the leg press. Stagger one foot up the plate and the other lower down the plate. Keeping pressure through the toes and the heels, push the plate away from you by straightening the knees. Slowly lower the plate to the starting position.
Repeat for the prescribed repetitions.
FEEL: You will feel more work in the leg that is lower down the plate. If the feet come down towards the bottom of the plate, this will be a more knee and quadriceps-dominant feeling. If the feet come towards the top of the plate, this will be a more hip and gluteal dominant feeling.
COMPENSATION: Do not let the legs rotate in or out. Do not lock out the knees of the bottom leg at the end of the press motion.