Leg exercises are an important part of one’s routine if they want a toned lower body. Leg machines are a great option for anyone who wants to work on different parts of the leg to achieve a more bulked-up physique. These are a great alternative to squats. It is especially helpful in situations in which a client comes with back or knee problems and still want to have a defined lower body. These machines do not stress the back or knee joints as squats. They are redesigned to help build lower body strength and are of different kinds
1. Vertical Leg Press Machine
This is a very ergonomically designed machine that lets you lie flat on your back as you push weights with your legs straight up. It happens to be the cheapest ones too although the seated upright one may cost about the same. They are also space-efficient and take up less space. These are not suitable for anyone with back or neck problems.
These do not have as much weight as the other two and can only be used for toning or cutting but to resistance training. This means that you’ll choose between cost-effective and facilities provided.
2. Seated Upright Leg Machine
Another cheap machine is the seated upright leg machine which as the name suggests allows you to sit upright and push pedals away from your body. The pedals can be attached to free weights or cables. They are generally space-saving as they are attached to other equipment but the pricing can vary. Standalone units are much more expensive than the common attachable ones.
The less expensive version of the upright leg machine might not be suited to all as some have reported having knee joint pain after using it. This is especially true for machines that do not allow a lot of angles to the user.
3. 45 Degree Leg Press Machine
Many call it the hack squat machine as it is the most comfortable way to squat. It does not strain the back or the joints but occupies a lot of space. They are also the priciest amongst the three and you’ll have to spend a lot of them. The most comfortable but occupy a lot of space, the choice is yours. Keep these in mind while buying a leg press on sale.