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The leg press is an exercise you can do with a weight machine to work various muscles in the lower body — the quadriceps muscles, the gluteal muscles, the hamstring muscles and the calves — all at once.

Adjust the seat of the machine so that your legs are comfortably bent to about 90 degrees. Avoid bending your knees too deeply, which will place too much stress on your knees. Place your feet on the platform about shoulder-width apart, and grasp the handles with your hands. Slowly straighten your knees, being careful not to arch your back. Avoid using momentum to force your knees straight. You'll feel tension in the muscles in your legs and buttocks. Return to the starting position. Repeat.

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