Is the leg press useless?
Why It’s Useless: Leg Presses “serve no functional purpose,” according to Steve Grosso, CSCS. “It strengthens some muscle groups, but [only] in a guided range of motion.” … Athletic movements often require you to launch off one leg, and this exercise strengthens your ability to do that.
What’s a good leg press weight?
More specifically, beginners should start with a weight that’s about 50 to 75 percent of their body weight, then build up from there, Becourtney says. Always take the weight of the machine into consideration and test a few weight-less presses before you start to add plates.