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Is it true that taking too much of weight on the leg-press machine can affect a woman's body.If so what could be an alternative to the same ?

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What do you mean by "affect"? – Dave Liepmann Feb 29 '12 at 18:51
@heenasurve The question is very vague which Dave noted. Please provide more details so that the community has a better understanding of what it is you want answered. You'll also get a better that way too. – Matt Chan Mar 1 '12 at 3:28
The reason i asked this question is because there are certain exercises that are believed to have alternatives especially when it comes to women.Is it completely safe to be doing this exercise? – heenasurve Mar 1 '12 at 12:55

By "affect" do you mean make you look like a male bodybuilder? if yes, then the answer is "surely no". There is a misconception about women and weight lifting, a lot of women think that if they do some weight training they will grow huge muscles like male bodybuilders.

While increasing weight will make you build a bit more muscles of course, but there is a big difference in the physiology of men vs women, of which : Men have more muscles, have more testosterone (which helps build muscles),etc..

My personal recommendation if you want to "tone" your body, all you need to do is "body-weight" training. It will make you build the necessary nice looking muscles, strength, endurance, and will give you a much better looking shape than machines and body building. body weight training might not be suitable for someone joining a body building competition, but it is the BEST for someone who want to tone their body and have good shape. (I assume that's what you are aiming at)

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Yes, the leg press will affect your body. It will help make you stronger, and look more fit. A barbell squat is often advocated as a better alternative to the leg press machine. It activates more muscles during the exercise, specifically your core (back and abs).

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