The leg press is a effective alternative to the squat. I would classify it as a weight lifting exercises for osteoporosis. The following video demonstrates proper leg press form so it is a safe exercise for people with osteoporosis or osteopoenia.
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Proper Leg Press Form and Technique
One of the challenges with the leg press (especially for women) is the design of the seat. Many women find themselves leaning forward (or into flexion) when they apply the press and compromising their postural alignment. This is not good form and needs to be modified.
I will demonstrate proper leg press form in the video and below you will find a detailed description of the steps involved in proper leg press technique.
How to Properly Leg Press
Here are several tips how to use the leg press properly:
- Pay attention to the placement of the seat. They are often too far back for many women and at an angle. This causes the user to go into a flexion posture — something that should be avoided by people with osteoporosis.
- The grips or handlebars at the base of the machine are too low for many women. This causes you to extend your reach down and go into a flexed posture.
- You want to stay tucked back with shoulder blades at the back of the seat to ensure good form and posture throughout the exercise.
- If you cannot safely reach the handles or grips at the base of the machine, hold the base of the seat instead for stability.
The good news is that the exercise can be good for your bone health. However, pay attention to your leg press form and a few small modifications can make this effective exercise safe for you.
Proper Leg Press for Bone Building
I encourage you to incorporate the leg press into your weight training exercises for osteoporosis program. However, pay attention to how you execute this exercise and your leg press form and you will enjoy many years of safe bone building.
To learn more about a comprehensive exercise program for osteoporosis, I encourage you to check my Exercise for Better Bones program.
Osteoporosis Exercise Plan
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