How To: Seated Leg Press (Cybex)

How To: Seated Leg Press (Cybex)


What’s going on guys? I’m Scott from Scotthermanfitness.com If you’re looking for a great way to target glutes, quads and hams we’re here at the Cybex seated leg press, now this machine is pretty easy to use there are a couple seat settings that you want to keep in mind when doing this machine the first one is the seat pad itself, or the back pad now to be honest with you it’s usually on three for everybody. It’s really it’s very rare that I actually change of any of my clients or for myself So I’m going to leave it on three you basically want to make it so that it’s comfortable when you’re sitting down So that when you adjust this part of the machine Your legs are at a 90 degree angle to adjust this part of the machine the tab right here Pull it out for me that angle is four. I put the weight on a weight that you can do and you want to simply get down this handle’s here for you to grab on to get in and out of the machine Bring your legs up Now I’m comfortable in the seat. I can get my back totally flush on the Pad Whenever there’s a pad for your head you put your head on it to maintain a neutral spine now watch my legs okay, you do not want your knees to ever go past your toes when doing exercises like this it’s also similar to a squat so what that basically means is if I put my feet like that and pushed all that pressure is going to here. It’s like going right to my kneecap. So what you want to do is put your feet up high so you’re a 90 degree angle and then the pressure isn’t go there anymore so what you’re going to do is keep your back your back straight neutral spine, grab the handles and you push through your heels during this exercise so breathe out as you exert the force which is forward. You don’t want to fully extend like this and lock out your knees because you can potentially damage them So what you want to do is come to a slight bend right here come back to 90 degrees You don’t want the wings to touch so figure out how far back you need to go now you’re at an angle push through your heels and 90 degree angle push through your heels and do not fully extend your legs Breathe out as you exert the force And that’s how you use the machine for more information feel free to subscribe to my channel as I’ll be putting out more exercises all the time. Have a great day guys

100 comments on “How To: Seated Leg Press (Cybex)

  1. Noheli Tellez Post author

    I really like how you give insight as to how we should position the machines, great videos! 🙂

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  2. Jack Carter Post author

    Surprised by Scott's ambivalence on this video. I do a lot of lifts the way Scott perfectly instructs, but there is so much more to leg pressing, like high feet position, low feet position, toes pointing slightly out, toes slightly pointed in, individual single leg pressing (many people have a leg slightly longer than the other making the longer one do more work and develop more). Each of these target glutes, hams and quads at different degree. Also no mention about avoiding the knees gravitating inwards, no mention of avoiding hands placed on the thighs.

    Having feet in one position like in this video the whole time will develop only one muscle of the group and this is a MASSIVE waste of time when you can build all of them during a Leg Press session by simply moving the foot position.

    The feet position will vary for each individual because of height and leg length, but moving the feet position you will find the right position for feet for each muscle you target because it burns more than the other muscles.

    Easily the least informative video possible on Leg Press, no care or effort is really evident here. The effort is worth it because not all people have the core strength or back stability or the hip stability to do squats or deadlifts without screwing up their back permanently – so they use Leg Press instead and watch your video for guidance … and you fail to give any meaningful guidance here.

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  3. Anton Skippy Post author

    This person's wholly apathetic attitude toward this apparatus is substantiated by his underdeveloped legs. This person is a clown.

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  4. bluejay3536 Post author

    Well, not a bad idea for the guy describing the CYBEX machine to tell viewers how much efforts he makes to prevent himself from eating 2-daily double mac with cheese plus one Whopper at evening time…

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  5. DeusExMachinae01 Post author

    I like how Scott is so non-threatening. You can watch the instructions with a smile and it's for everyone. He is earnest and happy and motivating and gives great tips on how to avoid injury.

    I subscribed and will now search your channel for gym techniques & tips! Thanks for the quality content!

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  6. Robert Decker Jr. Post author

    The Gym i go to has the same machine as this video. I tried it recently and i was doing the single-legged variation,going back and forth,left-leg,right-leg. I hold onto my knee with one hand and hold onto one of the handles on the machine with the other hand. Holding onto you're knee works like an exoskeleton,and for means of having additional knee-joint stability and cushion. The Gym i go to also has a standard leg-press and i've used that one plenty of times but i think i will use the Cybex more often. Yeah,i was really liking the more upright based seated position.

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  7. ScottHermanFitness Post author

    💪 CLICK THAT NOTIFICATION BELL SO YOU NEVER MISS AN UPLOAD!

    If your gym has one of these, you should definitely use it. Make sure your pushing through your heels and avoiding knee pain though!

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  8. Suzanne van Oenen Post author

    Also another piece of advise: Keep your legs straight when you do this exercise. Don't let your knees bend to either the inside or the outside, it will damage them and you won't really feel the exercise in the muscles that are meant to work this exercise. 😙

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  9. Beyond 1000. Post author

    I have seen lots of stronger guys do leg press and perform it wrong. This was absolutely perfect execution for form, strength, and above all safety. Textbook.

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  10. Blah Blah Post author

    Scott man I need your help. I do the seated leg press at the gym, I never feel it. I have checked my form over and over again, I have even recorded myself, and got someone to watch me. I can only squat around 130kg (I weigh 73kg) and on the leg press I don't even feel it at 195kg, yes I feel that I'm working but never feel the burn. I only fell the burn if I go below the 90 degrees bending my knees so in other words a deep squat, then I feel it. It is really weird, If I don't get the weights to touch, I don't feel it. If I do, I feel it. The machine at the gym is different to this on here, I generally feel it is something with the machine, none of my other friends feel it either.

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  11. Terra Cardwell Post author

    It's not about straightening the knee as much as it's about engaging the quad. You want to think quad contraction rather than straighten legs. When you stand out of a squat do you leave your kneas slightly bent? When we walk, we straighten our knees, we apply force on a straight leg all the time so it's necessary to train this range properly

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  12. mikaylavery Post author

    Thank you sosooooso much. My knee was killing me in this machine because my knees were above my toes

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  13. Impair Sosa Post author

    how does this differ (in muscle group) from weighted squats as id rather be using weights rather than machines if possible

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  14. trentigalaxy Post author

    I was pressing through my heels and a little bit of toes (!!!) before, now I do this and its so much better!

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  15. Jackson Jacob Post author

    I think I've been using this machine all wrong. Kept the seat too far away. Not close like he is doing it. I will have to correct that next time.

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  16. Shooby Doo Post author

    I did the same weight as you but yesterday I was struggling with 70kg I'm really unsure why
    But I think maybe it's because I didn't do 90degree angle. Definitely bare this in mind next time.

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  17. Always Better Challenge Show Post author

    I like all your videos. You do need a shirt though, but only to clip your mike to, your sound sucks! 🙂

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  18. uufd rs Post author

    This machine scares me shitless ever since i saw a guy break his legs after locking in his knees, going to pay a looooooot of attention when i'm doing this

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  19. Tom Harrison Post author

    Great vids mate! Just got my gym membership and have struggled to get any beginner information. Your vids really help!

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  20. Thomas Cleveland Post author

    the guy who preaches about all the pressure is on the knee cap has another video on the leg extension machine. A known knee killer

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  21. Angel Montalvo Post author

    I dont like this machine because its too easy. Good video though will subscribe.

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  22. Shawna L. Post author

    I hurt my lower back doing this exercise…had the back set at 6…was using it to do crunches…my whole flow was wrong…now my back pain is so darn severe…

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  23. Jackie Post author

    I'm about 5'2 and 125 lbs. I'm not super fit or muscular but I can leg press over 200lbs, but I'm not sure if that is good or bad. When I use the lower weight, it feels like I'm not working my muscles that great so I keep adding more weight. I know that I can go even heavier but I'm scared that maybe this exercise is bad for the back or something. Is using a very heavy weight bad for the knees or back?

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  24. Ady P Post author

    I find the seated leg press has a number of valuable uses…

    the principle one being it keeps the squat racks free

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  25. Beraberg Films Post author

    Everytime i do seating leg press i feel it more on my knees and not legs. I am doing the correct form… feet above knees like your video. Any reason why i feel it more on my knees? Thanks

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  26. Chosen o Post author

    I play basketball and I started at 90 and was like that’s too light until 180 and I was like holy shit I should stop since I thought i must be doing it wrong if I could do that much

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  27. cristian c Post author

    Lol I remember when I first started working out, my lazy ass would do this machine first on my “leg days”, then I’d do some half ass lunges, leg extensions and leg curls machine and some calf raises. Granted I made zero gains my first year or so.

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  28. VerryLongName Post author

    what if you wanted to target your glutes and hamstrings by placing your feet lower on the foot area? Would you have to lower the seat?

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  29. Adeline Proverbs31 Post author

    I just watched a video with Jeff cavalier from Athlean X. He says it's okay to lock out your knees. I guess one of you is wrong. 🤔

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  30. Nyllet Post author

    Idunno if i do wrong but im 14 and at the first time i did 5 reps of 150kg, maximum weight of the machine

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  31. Zlatko Sitar Post author

    You obviously want to show off your abs but being shirtless on the machines is gross!!!!

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  32. edgar carrasco Post author

    Thank you Scott for demonstrating I was doing it wrong there is a machine similar can't wait to give it a try keep you posted.

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  33. EDDIE U. Post author

    Many people show you how to use a machine. Very few show you how to avoid injuring yourself. Thanks.

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  34. FK P Post author

    I heard this is NOT a good exercise for your back because it pins your back against the chair and does not allow it to move. T or F?

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  35. AVR Post author

    Hi Scoot, I have a question about Leg press machine, what is the diferrence between this machine and the other machine in where you put discs to control the weights?  I think even the form of machine is diferrent. I hope you can help me

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  36. gallagherscott11 Post author

    but the one at my gym pushes your spine backward, or are you tring to tell me that those idiots have got it the machine wrong?

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