Leg Press Weight FAQ
Now you know the starting weight for the most common leg press types and brands. But I know some of you still have more questions. So here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding leg press weight.
Should I count the weight of the sled?
No, you don’t have to count the weight of the leg press sled. Most weightlifters don’t count the sled since the weight is not always known. And because it’s often a number like “123 lbs,” which is not easy to add in your head.
Does the starting weight of the leg press matter?
The starting weight of the leg press really only matters if you’re a beginner or if you’re using a different machine and need to know how much weight to add compared to another machine or exercise.
If you’re using the same leg press each week, what matters more is being consistent with the weight you add and using progressive overload.
Why does the pivot leg press feel lighter than the angled leg press?
The pivot leg press feels lighter than an angled leg press because it provides a mechanical advantage. Basically, the pivot design balances out the weight of the carriage. So the starting weight of the pivot leg press is less than the angled leg press.
Also, the pivoting action means the resistance changes as you lower the weight, making it feel lighter at the bottom than it does at the top. This variable resistance means you can lift more weight.
In practical terms, you can probably lift about 25% more on the pivot leg press than you can on the angled leg press. To illustrate, here are videos of my 8 rep max on the pivot leg press and standard leg press.