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!
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This is calked bad form squst. Do your homework. This is not a leg press.
Or just buy a barbell and squat...
Interesting. Do the wheels gouge up the walls??
They will. But that's not the biggest concern for me. When drywall fails from being pushed against, it develops cracks running through the gypsum core (which is only covered with 2 thick sheets of paper). Once it has been sufficiently compromised, the wheels will just punch straight through the wall. Now the drywall has to be replaced or at least majorly patched up. <br> <br>Simple solution - attach a piece of 1/2&quot; plywood or MDF to the wall wide enough to span at least 2 of the studs - 3 is better and would give you a surface about 34&quot; wide so you don't have to worry about running off the surface. It can be painted to blend into the wall better. It could be held in place with as little as 6-8 drywall screws (2&quot; - 2-1/2&quot; long). And if you are renting, when you move out you'll just have 6-8 screw holes to patch rather than the fixing the whole wall.
This is cool, can't believe it took me a year to find it. <br> <br>A suggestion: Make the plywood 3/4&quot; and use 1-2 inch wide pieces(4 of them) the same length as the main board and place them 2 to a side so that they form tracks for the wheels to ride inside of. If the wheels won't allow a 3/4&quot; deep channel, then use 1/2 inch for them, but I would still use 3/4&quot; for the back. Remember your head is basically &quot;inside&quot; those red pieces and would make it much less likely to slip sideways and hurt you if say a foot slips or something. And if it does start sliding sideways you can't just let it go to release the pressure of the weights as the red bars would simply slam into the tops of your shoulders. <br> <br>That said, the machine itself is pretty awesome, definitely going to be making this.
I'm glad he isn't renting from me. That wall will need repairs in no time at all.
I would also be concerned about the walls. Maybe hot wheels plastic track for the little cars could be placed on the walls with two sided tape. This would keep the unit rolling straight and protect the wall from the wheels. <br> <br>Nice idea....
Just switch to front squats. You can even used high tolerance metal saw horses for a rack and load way more than 200#
Good work! <br>I would suggest skatevoard wheels because they do not tend to slip and they are also flexible so have a better grip on the wall.
Replacing the two bottom wheels with larger diameter wheels will slant the top towards the wall and keep the press naturally leaning towards the wall. In that way the machine won't fall away from the wall at the end of the exercise session. It would require incorporating a corrective angling to keep the board that one's back touches vertical.
Good work! .... initially appears a machine to make torture! <br>Italiano: Bel lavoro!....a prima vista sembra una macchina per torture! <br>Imperio da Firenze
Yeah, I'm sure there many ways to make this a little better, but the idea must come first to even have something to improve (take cars, for example). This is a great idea and an awesome Instructable. Did anyone notice how the real build components are color coded to match the CAD drawings? That's the type of thinking and detail that everyone should use when posting to this site. Great Work! Ok, here are my suggestions for the improvements list: 1. Yes, put something on the wall, maybe with some tracks for the casters to follow or maybe the wall part has the casters? Or possibly use extended length, heavy duty drawer slides and build the whole thing as a one unit? 2. Extend (or make adjustable) the bottom &quot;legs&quot; to position the device at the correct height to start the exercise. In any case, this a wonderful solution. Hats off to you for not just giving up on lifting after your injury, but instead finding and developing a solution, then sharing it with the rest of us. Thanks.
Nice job. might i suggest that if you arent against making a hile in your ceiling, or if you are doing this in a basement or garage, if you install a good heavy duty pulley above this machine, in the ceiling joist, you can run a cable from the top of this machine up and around the pulley then back down to the bottom back of the machine so it can stay upright against the wall when not in use.
The idea is ok. you will need a plywood sheet to push against. the wall will fail. I recommend using wide white rubber rollers to keep from marking up the wall and floor. they don't make any wall coverings that would not fail with the pressures your pushing with. If you add legs to the bottom to prevent it from tipping when your on the floor. It would prevent it from laying on top of you if you slip or hurt yourself. The idea is sound. I like it.
Amazing creation, no doubt. It resembles a hacksquat machine in most gyms. You said you got a hernia from regular squats though, it sounds like you need to adjust your form, and maybe invest in a weightlifting belt.
He said he got a herniated disk in his neck. Yes, changing his form would help, but I'm not sure the belt would help much (except with his form). Also, it would depend on what, if any, cushioning was used on the bar.
sgooby pls
this is awesome, love it...

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