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Leg Press Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but in the analysis we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.

Objective

The objective of the leg press test is to evaluate an athlete's leg strength.

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Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Leg Press Machine
  • Weighing Scales
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to complete as many leg presses as possible with no rest.

  • The assistant weighs and records the athlete's weight
  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant loads the bar bell with a weight close to the athlete's one repetition maximum load.
  • The athlete conducts leg presses until they are unable to continue
  • The assistant counts the number of successful leg presses
  • If the number of leg presses exceeds 8 then the athlete rests for 10 minutes, the assistant increases the barbell weight and the athlete repeats the test
  • The assistant uses the maximum load calculator to determine the athlete's 1RM.

Assessment

To evaluate the 1-RM leg press enter gender, age, body weight and 1-RM leg press weight and then select the 'Calculate' button. The 1-RM evaluation is based on McArdle et al. (2000)[1] reference values for 1-RM leg press relative to body weight.

Gender Body weight
Age 1-RM Weight
Body Weight to Weight ratio -
Assessment of your 1-RM Leg Press is -

Analysis

Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's leg strength.

A good 1RM for the leg press is 2.5 × "Body Weight" for men and women

Target Group

This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability

Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.

Validity

Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.

Advantages

  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • The test can be administered by the athlete

Disadvantages

  • Specialist equipment required
  • Assistant required to administer the test


References

  1. McARDLE, W. et al. (2000) Essentials of Exercise Physiology. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins p. 394

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2001) Leg Press Test [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/lpress.htm [Accessed

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