MUSCLES ENGAGED Quadriceps The quadriceps (quads) are a group of four muscles on the front of the thigh. They allow your knee to straighten and provide stability when standing. Your quads are the most important muscle group for maintaining the ability to stand and to walk independently. Glutes Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body. Equipment Used Leg Press The leg press is an exercise in which the individual pushes a weight or resistance away from them using their legs. The term leg press also refers to the apparatus used to perform this exercise. Exercise Instructions Step 1 Start by positioning your body on the leg press machine properly, making sure that your tailbone and spine make contact with the back of the seat and your feet are shoulder width apart. Step 2 Push forward, straightening your legs and flexing your quadriceps. Step 3 Lower yourself back down until your legs are that 90 degrees and then repeat.