How the Leg Press Can Be Dangerous for Your Back

How the Leg Press Can Be Dangerous for Your Back

Back in 1999, I was working out at lunch at the physical therapy clinic that I worked at.

I was doing a machine circuit and one of the machines that I used was the leg press.

It was a heavier day and I pushed it.

During my second set, I hurt my back.

I could not believe it.

I hurt my back doing the leg press.

I went home and did some research on why I hurt my back on the leg press.

I found out why and explain it in this video.

What I wanted to go through in this video is how the leg press can be dangerous for your back.

An Inclined Leg Press Machine is excellent in targeting your legs. But when you get to the end position of that leg press, what happens is your low back is flattening out.

Inclined Leg Press

With that flattening out you end up having that changing of the curve in your low back. And with that changing your curve, puts undue stress on your back and it can lead to irritation, pain, and a full-blown injury.

A better option is going into a Single Leg Press.

Single Leg Press

With Orsy here, she’s doing a single-leg press. What that does is with one leg down it ends up locking the pelvis so the pelvis is not going to tilt back and flatten out that low back. With that leg locked it keeps that curve in the low back.

If she wants to check and make sure, she can always slide her hand underneath her back and make sure that there is no undue flattening of that lower back.

Hand underneath the back

One thing that is great with this Single Leg work is she works a lot more on the stability in her hip which is important and a lot of people end up lacking it.

There you go. If you get undue stress in the low back when you are in an inclined leg press or a leg press machine, now you know why. It flattens your back and that flattening of your back puts your low back at risk.

One little tweak that you can do is going Single Leg and that will end up locking the pelvis and maintaining the curve in your back. You can double-check things by sliding your hand in your lower back and working on maintaining that low back curve.

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