Abdominal / Back
Most strength-training equipment manufacturers make a Abdominal / Back machine but, while there are many models of leg press available, there are only two main types of design. The first design is often referred to as a Abdominal / Back. To use this style of machine you sit on an reclined seat with your legs elevated and push against a weighted footplate guided by rails. The second design uses a weighted pendulum that swings away from you when you push with your legs. This design normally utilizes a more upright seated position and horizontal pushing action. Some leg presses allow for independent leg action but the majority of machines use both legs simultaneously. Most leg presses are plate loaded — that is to say you alter the weight by adding or subtracting weight plates.