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    Leg Press machine a good substitute for squats?

    I dont squat anymore because it hurts my lower back/the bar hurts my shoulders/traps. I was wondering if leg press is a good sub for squats? My leg workouts are leg press/angled leg press/leg extensions/leg curls/calve machine. Should I buy a belt and bring a towel and just mann up or is the leg press good? ( I like leg press, can do alot of weight, and it tears my legs up). I just want the one thats more beneficial
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    les press will use more quads

    squats will bring in hammies/glutes

    personally i would do both
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    does it hurt if you front squat?
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    Originally Posted by IronManMMA View Post
    does it hurt if you front squat?
    nope, just make sure your not leaning over with knees over toes, it will target the top and front the quads hence the weights being infront of your body, I use the smith machine cause I can't balance the weights right!
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    Sorry bro but its not a good alternative. Please for your own good please try a belt and see if you can do it. If worst comes to worst hack squats would be a Better alternative.
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    The pain on your upper back will diminish with time. If your lower back hurts then your form is probably crap or you have some underlying issue that you'll need a professional to diagnose.
    Disregard abs, acquire mass.
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    Originally Posted by hotshot9819 View Post
    nope, just make sure your not leaning over with knees over toes, it will target the top and front the quads hence the weights being infront of your body, I use the smith machine cause I can't balance the weights right!
    you sir, should not be in the red.
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    I feel a lot more of a pump from squats and they are a better lift for overall leg/body strength. Am I the only one that finds it hard to place your feet properly for the leg press?
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    there's no substitue for squat...period

    on that note, i say review your form and learn to squat without feeling pain...


    i imagine...
    your lower back hurts because you don't lock it in and you don't tighten your abs...
    your traps hurt because you don't pull your shoulder blades close enough together...


    search youtube for 'rippetoe squat' and that'll show you everything you need to know...
    watch the video, perform squats with the video in front of the mirror and see if that doesn't help...
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    I used to have the same pain until i began doing them right, I dont think the machine presses are even comparible to squats, look up proper form on the squat, if you have a broom stick in the house practice with that, try and change up footing to a more natural stance. Sometimes Ie. with me, long legs dont do good with close stance, speading my legs out a bit and keeping my toes pointed out did some good. If all else fails, drop the weight, and work on form. Theres always front squats, and hack squats (not the machine).
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    "there's no substitue for squat...period

    on that note, i say review your form and learn to squat without feeling pain...


    i imagine...
    your lower back hurts because you don't lock it in and you don't tighten your abs...
    your traps hurt because you don't pull your shoulder blades close enough together...


    search youtube for 'rippetoe squat' and that'll show you everything you need to know...
    watch the video, perform squats with the video in front of the mirror and see if that doesn't help... "



    Thanks man, i'll try to tighten my abs and put my shoudler blades together, repped !
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    Do you guys even do leg press? or just squats for legs?
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    there is no better alternative IMO. I think when it comes to any part of your body you need to find what works best for you. If it is squats, leg press, hack, front squats it doesn't matter. Its all based on how hard you push at what you do. Just my two cents.
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    Originally Posted by hilnap View Post
    Do you guys even do leg press? or just squats for legs?
    Squats, front squats, sumo deads, good mornings and lunges. The only leg exercises I've used the past 6 months. The best gains I've ever had have been in those 6 months
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    Originally Posted by thebear217 View Post
    Squats, front squats, sumo deads, good mornings and lunges. The only leg exercises I've used the past 6 months. The best gains I've ever had have been in those 6 months
    x2 on the sumo deads. I have seen tremendous gains in legs by breaking up hams and quads.
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    I like leg press a lot more for leg mass, but squats will give you a much stronger base and overall stronger body in general.
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    lol sumo deads? good mornings? wattt
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    Originally Posted by hilnap View Post
    lol sumo deads? good mornings? wattt
    Look them up in the super site.


    And I also do leg presses along with my squats.
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