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Machine Monday: The Cybex Eagle Leg Press

  
  
  

Machine Monday: The Cybex Eagle Leg Press

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It serves as no surprise when you hear that leg press machines like the Cybex Eagle Leg Press are great at strengthening the major muscle groups of the legs such as quads and glutes (Gluteus Maximus). Yet what is surprising is just how many different leg exercises and muscles you can worsimply by varying leg stance and back position during the exercise. Using various alterations of form and stance, the leg press can also work on calves and muscle groups responsible for quick, explosive movements from the leg.

Here is expert advice from the Cybex Research Institute on how positioning can change muscle engagement on the leg press:

  • Feet lower on the footplate will engage the quadriceps more.
  • Feet higher on the footplate will give you greater load at the hips and more contribution of the glutes and hamstrings
  • Decline the back pad for greater activation of the quads.
  • Straighten the back pad for an increase in actvation of the glutes. 

Indeed, there are no fewer than nine  unique exercises which can be used to exercise various large muscle groups in the leg. Here's a partial listing of the exercises:

  1. BILATERAL LEG PRESS –similar to a squat but in a safe and controlled environment, this exercise focuses on strengthening thigh and glute muscle
  2. ALTERNATING LEG PRESS - similar to a squat but in a safe and controlled environment, this exercise focuses on strengthening thigh and glute muscles
  3. UNILATERAL LEG PRESS- similar to a squat but in a safe and controlled environment, this exercise focuses on strengthening thigh and glute muscles
  4. BENT KNEE LEG PRESS CALF RAISE - strengthens calf muscles which are key in maintaining  balance, assisting in walking and promoting running; a main cause of falls and injuries amongst the elderly is weak calf muscles
  5. LEG PRESS CALF RAISE - strengthens calf muscles which are key in maintaining  balance, assisting in walking and promoting running; a main cause of falls and injuries amongst the elderly is weak calf muscles
  6. BILATERAL LEG JUMP –  variation of power training that strengthens quick twitch muscles which are needed for explosive or quick movements
  7. ALTERNATING LEG JUMP -  variation of power training that strengthens quick twitch muscles which are needed for explosive or quick movements
  8. SPLIT LEG JUMP- variation of power training that strengthens quick twitch muscles which are needed for explosive or quick movements
  9. UNILATERAL LEG JUMP - variation of power training that strengthens quick twitch muscles which are needed for explosive or quick movements

Next time you are considering how to spend your time in the gym when it comes to leg day, consider the Eagle Leg Press and you too can see results. You can see these techniques demonstrated at My Cybex Coach.

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Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. For medical advice please consult a doctor.

 

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