Bodybuilder Fouad Abiad doing leg presses on the leg press machine with weights and with resistance bands

BANDED LEG PRESS DO'S & DON'TS

IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad explains the benefits of adding bands to your leg press to help you build massive legs.

 

Why Use Resistance Bands

Bands change the strength curve of an exercise. With plates, the resistance is heaviest at the bottom of the leg press movement, and gets easier as you press back up. Adding bands makes the top of the movement more challenging, where the bands are fully stretched. The addition of bands intensifies the activation in the quad in phases of the range of motion in a way plates cannot. Bands aren’t about strength, but adding intensity to the quad.

Make sure you’re getting the most out of each rep with these tips 

The Do’s:

  • Push through your heels for quad activation
  • Place your feet as low on the plate as you can while still pressing through the heels and getting a full range of movement
  • Use a narrow stance with your feet
  • Move through the full range of movement – the bands are adding resistance at the top of the leg press, now is not the time for partial reps

The Don’ts:

  • Don’t push through your toes
  • Don’t use a high foot placement on the plate, this will shift the work out of the quads
  • Don’t have the seat back up too high so your range of movement is too shallow
  • Don’t shorten the range of movement with partial reps

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