Angled Leg Presses

Position the back properly against the backrest on a machine, with the feet slightly apart:

• Inhale and release the safety bars then bend the knees completely so that the thighs touch or nearly touch the torso.

• Return to the initial position, exhaling at the end of the movement.

Placing the feet low against the foot plate isolates the quadriceps; placing the feet higher on the foot plate calls on the gluteal muscles and the hamstrings. Placing the feet wider apart focuses effort on the adductors.

Comment: People with back pain who are unable to perform squats can do this exercise. However, they must never lift the back off the back pad.

Feet high on the foot plate

Feet low on the foot plate

Feet apart

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Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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