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Sled 45° Leg Press (Back POV)

Sled 45° Leg Press (Back POV)

The Sled 45° Leg Press (Back POV) is an excellent compound exercise that targets the muscles of the lower body, particularly the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. This exercise is performed using a specialized leg press sled machine, which allows you to push against weighted plates while lying on your back. What makes the Sled 45° Leg Press unique is the angle of the machine, which puts more emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings compared to the traditional leg press. When executing the Sled 45° Leg Press, it is crucial to maintain proper form and technique to maximize its benefits and minimize the risk of injury. As you push against the sled, make sure your feet are positioned hip-width apart and slightly higher on the platform. This will ensure that the load is evenly distributed across your legs and prevent excessive strain on the knee joints. Engaging your core muscles throughout the movement will help stabilize your body, allowing you to generate more power from your legs. Control the descent of the sled as you lower it towards your body, and then powerfully drive it back up using your leg muscles, making sure to avoid locking out your knees at the top. Incorporating the Sled 45° Leg Press into your workout routine can be a great way to build lower body strength, improve muscular endurance, and increase overall leg power. As with any exercise, start with lighter weights to perfect your form and gradually increase the resistance as you get stronger. Remember to always warm up properly before attempting any exercise and listen to your body to avoid overexertion or injury.


  • Position yourself on the sled with your back against the backrest, feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Place your feet on the platform with your toes pointed slightly outward.
  • Engage your core and push the sled to release the safety locks.
  • Bend your knees and lower the weight by allowing the platform to move downward.
  • Lower the platform until your knees are at a 45° angle or until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings and glutes.
  • Push through your heels and extend your knees to lift the weight back up.
  • Continue to push until your legs are fully extended but without locking your knees.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, maintaining control and proper form throughout the movement.
  • Once finished, engage the safety locks and carefully return the weight to its starting position.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form and technique to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Maintain a controlled and steady pace throughout the movement to prevent any jerking or bouncing motions.
  • Engage your core by bracing your abdominal muscles to provide stability and protect your lower back.
  • Ensure your knees are tracking in line with your toes to avoid any unnecessary strain on the knee joints.
  • Experiment with different foot positions on the sled to target different muscles in your legs.
  • Gradually increase the weight or resistance to challenge your muscles and promote progress over time.
  • Remember to breathe throughout the exercise, exhaling as you push and inhaling as you lower the weight.
  • Take adequate rest between sets to allow your muscles to recover, but avoid excessively long rest periods.
  • Incorporate proper nutrition and hydration to support muscle growth and recovery.
  • Consult with a fitness professional to ensure proper form and to tailor the exercise to your specific goals and fitness level.

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