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My Butt Is Sore After a Workout With a Leg Press

author image Stan Mack
Stan Mack is a business writer specializing in finance, business ethics and human resources. His work has appeared in the online editions of the "Houston Chronicle" and "USA Today," among other outlets. Mack studied philosophy and economics at the University of Memphis.
My Butt Is Sore After a Workout With a Leg Press
A man is using the leg press machine in a gym. Photo Credit LUNAMARINA/iStock/Getty Images

Leg presses build muscles in your legs and buttocks. Specifically, the exercise develops your hamstrings, quadriceps and gluteus maximus, or glutes. Your glutes are large muscle groups that contribute to the shape of your buttocks. Leg presses are effective, so expect some soreness after your workouts.

What Soreness Means

The dull pain you feel in your buttocks after performing leg presses might be due to delayed-onset muscle soreness. Exercise tears your muscle fibers. Your body repairs the tears and adds extra muscle tissue, leaving you stronger than before your workout. If you’re just starting an exercise program, chances are you will experience significant post-workout soreness. If the pain is severe and accompanied by redness or swelling, discuss your symptoms with your doctor to determine if you’ve torn or otherwise damaged a muscle.

Soreness Symptoms

The pain in your buttocks might begin 12 to 48 hours after the leg presses. It might fade quickly or last for a week. A massage soothes some people, but stretching won’t ease the pain of sore muscles.

Prevention and Treatment

Allow your body at least 24 hours between workouts to rest and rebuild. After that, you can perform leg presses again. The key to minimizing post-workout soreness is regular moderate exercise. Increase the intensity of your workout sessions gradually. Before doing the leg presses, warm up with some light cardio and dynamic stretches such as lunges. After your workout, lengthen your muscles with some static stretches. If you exercise regularly, incorporating leg presses and a wide variety of other exercises, your physique will develop. Eventually, only intense workouts will cause significant soreness.

Expert Insight

If you’re new to exercise, hire a personal trainer to help you perfect your leg press form. Many varieties of the exercise exist, including stand-up and seated versions. Choosing a different form of leg presses might provide adequate exercise with less ensuing soreness. Start with light weights to ensure you don’t overwork your muscles and allow adequate rest between workouts. If you experience shooting or severe pain during your workout, stop immediately and talk to your doctor.

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