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Sled 45° Leg Wide Press

Sled 45° Leg Wide Press

The Sled 45° Leg Wide Press is a challenging exercise that targets the lower body and helps strengthen and tone the glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. This exercise is usually performed on a sled machine, where you can adjust the weight according to your fitness level and goals. To begin the exercise, position yourself on the sled machine with your back against the backrest and your feet placed shoulder-width apart on the footplate. Your knees should be slightly bent and your hands gripping the handles on either side. Make sure your body is aligned and stable before starting the movement. The 45° Leg Wide Press involves pushing against the sled footplate as you extend your legs. This movement requires a combination of strength and control to activate the targeted muscles effectively. As you push against the footplate, focus on engaging your glutes and quads, feeling the tension in these muscles. Keep in mind that it's essential to maintain proper form throughout the exercise. Avoid locking out your knees or rounding your back. Instead, aim for a smooth and controlled movement, ensuring that your knees are in line with your toes. Incorporating the Sled 45° Leg Wide Press into your workout routine can be an excellent way to add variety to your lower body training. Remember to start with a weight that challenges you but allows you to maintain proper form. As you progress, gradually increase the weight to continue challenging your muscles and promoting strength gains.

Instructions

  • Start by setting up the sled at a 45-degree angle.
  • Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart and position yourself facing the sled.
  • Bend your knees and grip the handles of the sled with an overhand grip.
  • Engage your core and keep your back straight as you push the sled forward by extending your legs.
  • Drive through your heels and push the sled to the end of the designated range.
  • Once you've reached the end, slowly return to the starting position by bending your knees and lowering the sled back down.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Maintain proper form at all times to avoid injury.
  • Start with a weight that challenges you but allows you to maintain good form.
  • Engage your core muscles to stabilize your body throughout the exercise.
  • Focus on pushing through your heels to target your glutes and hamstrings.
  • Control the movement both on the way down and on the way up to maximize muscle activation.
  • Breathe continuously throughout the exercise, exhaling during the exertion phase.
  • Gradually increase the weight as you get stronger to continue challenging your muscles.
  • Consult a fitness professional to ensure you are using the correct equipment and technique.
  • Combine the sled 45° leg wide press with other lower body exercises for a well-rounded workout.
  • Fuel your body with nutritious foods to support muscle growth and recovery.