There are different versions of the leg press world record, as there seems to be no set guidelines for it, hence there are a few claims to this record.
One of the weight training exercises that allows the user to lift large amounts of weight is the leg press exercise. There are many people who claim the leg press world record and each claim to have lifted humongous amounts of weights while achieving this feat. Leg press machines are designed in such a way that they assist the user in lifting weights, also the angle in which the rest platform is fitted, benefits lifting heavy weights. The mainstay of the leg press is to push the weight away from the body using your legs. A leg press machine has two platforms, one is for the user to rest the back and one to prop the legs to push the weight. The machine works in a sled like motion and has a bar attached to the top where you can put weight plates. Position and form is very important when doing leg press exercises. Keep your legs at hip width distance and make sure your knees do not point inward. Bend your knees to bear the weight and bring them down, so that they almost touch the chest, and then push them back and straighten your legs.
Like all weight training exercises the leg press is a good way to strengthen your muscles and build stamina. This is a great exercise to tone legs and build lower body strength, it also aides multiple joints workout. The primary muscles that benefit from a leg press workout are the quadriceps and the gluteus muscles. The quadriceps which is a set of four muscles, gets a good workout on a leg press machine and is considered as one of the best quadriceps exercises. The quadriceps are responsible for posture and are used when we run or walk, so when we do leg press exercises we strengthen our muscles for any movement away from the body.
The two major muscles in the glutes are best worked on a leg press, and it is the leg press which is responsible for shaping our buttocks. Gluteus medius exercises are the best way to get firm buttocks and give them shape. There are many bodybuilding supplement ads that show people using the leg press machine while it’s loaded with heavy weights. The leg press is a compound exercise, it also helps strengthen the hamstrings which are crucial for our daily activities, like walking and running. The benefits also extend to our calves muscles.
There are no clear rules for a world record leg press feat, like the number of repetitions and the range of motion. Leg press machine designs also vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, hence there is no standardized fitness equipment to measure an individuals ability on a leg press machine. Some of the claims are:
Dan Kendra: He was a Florida state university quarter back, who is said to have joined the navy seals. Dan Kendra was attributed to lifting 1,335 pounds of weight in the biggest leg press record, back in the day when he was playing college football. Dan has a black belt in Taekwondo and is from the same region of Pennsylvania as Dan Marino.
Ronnie Coleman: A body builder par excellence, Ronnie was crowned Mr. Olympia for seven consecutive years from 1998 to 2004. Ronnie is claimed to have done 8 repetitions on the leg press machine with 2,300 pounds. There are a few bodybuilding videos that show Ronnie achieving this best leg press feat in a gym and these videos are pretty conclusive.
Pat Robertson: A septuagenarian and an evangelist claims that he can leg press 2,000 pounds although there isn’t much evidence to support this claim, what is more strange that Pat Robertson also claims that his trainer is able to do highest leg press of 2,700 pounds. Mr. Robertson also shares that the secret behind his strength is a protein shake which he markets.
The leg press world record is still a controversy and most bodybuilders do not pay much heed to talk about leg press records, as it is considered to be one of the easiest leg exercises. Leaving the world record leg press controversy aside the leg press is really a great way to work out your lower body.