Step 10: How to Use
It is easiest to watch the video in the first step on how to use the machine. But if you prefer, below are the steps written out.
Slide the weight plates of your choice either into the top or into the side of the leg press machine. Insert the wooden peg into the appropriate holes to secure the plates.
You have the option of either using the handles or the shoulder rests. With the machine leaning up against a sturdy wall, squat down and place your back against it. Grabbing the handles, and with your feet a fair ways from the wall, push up and gently bring the lower wheels in contact with the wall. Now you can bring your feet in closer for a more intense workout.
Once you have completed your reps, take hold of the bottom of the machine and pull it out from the wall as you go down on the last rep. This will keep the machine from falling forward after you get up. Use a small allen wrench in the holes in the back to knock out the wooden pegs to change weights for the next set.
There are two keys to safety in using this machine:
1. Keep perfect form. Never put on so much weight that you cannot keep perfect posture. This will keep you from losing control of the machine, and also protect your body and joints over time.
2. Keep the machine in good repair. If something is broken or worn out, replace it. You want to replace something way before it ever gives out while you are using it, and potentially cause you to lose control of the machine.
I hope you have enjoyed this Instructable - even more, I hope you get a chance to build the Leg Press machine and see for yourself how easy it is!