Sled 45° Leg Press

Sled 45° Leg Press

The Sled 45° Leg Press is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the lower body, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. It involves pushing a weighted sled at a 45-degree angle using the legs and hips. This exercise provides several benefits. Firstly, it helps to develop lower body strength and power by targeting multiple muscle groups simultaneously. This can result in improved athletic performance, increased muscular endurance, and enhanced muscle definition. Additionally, the Sled 45° Leg Press can help improve lower body stability and balance, as it requires controlled movements and engages the core muscles for stabilization. Another advantage of this exercise is its versatility. You can adjust the weight on the sled to suit your fitness level, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced exercisers. Additionally, the Sled 45° Leg Press is a low-impact exercise, meaning it puts less stress on the joints compared to high-impact exercises like running or jumping. To maximize the benefits of this exercise, it's important to maintain proper form and technique. This includes keeping your back flat against the sled, placing your feet shoulder-width apart on the sled platform, and pushing through your heels as you extend your legs. Progressively increasing the weight over time will also help to challenge your muscles and promote further strength gains. Incorporating the Sled 45° Leg Press into your workout routine can add variety and target your lower body muscles in a different way. However, it's always important to consider your individual fitness level and goals before attempting any new exercises.


  • Start by setting up a sled at a 45° incline.
  • Position yourself on the sled with your back and shoulders pressed firmly against the pad.
  • Place your feet shoulder-width apart on the platform, toes pointing slightly outward.
  • Engage your core and press through your heels to extend your legs and push the sled away from you.
  • As you push, keep your back flat against the pad and avoid rounding your shoulders.
  • Continue pushing until your legs are fully extended, but do not lock your knees.
  • Maintain control as you slowly bend your knees and lower the sled back towards your body.
  • Descend until your knees are at a 90° angle or slightly lower, feeling a stretch in your hamstrings and glutes.
  • Repeat for the desired number of reps, focusing on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise.
  • Remember to breathe consistently and listen to your body's limitations during the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form to ensure maximum effectiveness and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to perform 10-15 reps with good form, gradually increasing the weight as you get stronger.
  • Engage your core muscles and maintain a neutral spine throughout the exercise.
  • Control the movement both on the way down and on the way up, avoiding any sudden jerking or bouncing.
  • Incorporate variations such as single leg presses or pause reps to challenge your muscles in different ways.
  • Adjust the foot placement on the sled to target different muscle groups. Higher on the platform targets the glutes and hamstrings, while lower targets the quads.
  • It's important not to lock out your knees at the top of the movement to keep tension on the muscles.
  • Breathe out as you push the weight away from you and breathe in as you lower the weight.
  • Add progressive overload by increasing the weight or the number of reps over time to continue challenging your muscles and promoting growth.
  • Always warm up before and stretch after your workout to prevent injuries and improve flexibility.


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