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    Leg Press Substitute?

    I'd love to have a 45 degree leg press in my home gym but can't fit or afford one. Anybody got ideas for exercises that could effect the same muscles and be a good substitute? I have a power rack and am wondering what I could dowith that and a barbell instead. Thanks.
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    How about squats?
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    Barbell hack squats, I think they are called zerker squats, then there is the between the legs squat, sorry can't remember the name off top of my head. All 3 will put more focus on your quads and less on hams and glutes.
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    There isn't a direct sub for Leg Presses, since they remove the upper body from the equation.

    There are many leg exercises you can perform with the equipment you listed. Some of them are:

    *Barbell Lunges

    *Front Squats

    *Barbell Step-Ups

    *Zercher Squats

    *Jefferson Squats

    *Barbell Hack Squats

    *Bulgarian Split Squats

    *Good ol' Barbell Back Squats

    If you're unfamiliar with any of these, the BB.com database should help, as might http://exrx.net
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    You don't need to do leg presses. Ironwill 2008 gave a great list of exercises with free weights.
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    sorry, go to the gym or buy/fabricate a leg press...you can't make a cat from two dogs.

    or this....(no, really dont try this at home)

    http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog...g%20Press.html
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    Originally Posted by Nikonguy View Post
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    Originally Posted by dutter View Post
    sorry, go to the gym or buy/fabricate a leg press...you can't make a cat from two dogs.

    or this....(no, really dont try this at home)

    http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog...g%20Press.html


    I'm gona give this a try when I get home................looks totaly safe
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    check craigs list - often
    I found what i think is a great deal on craigslist $375 for 10 45# plates and a nice heavy duty hack/squat
    some machines are much smaller then others - check out the powertec machine
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    Originally Posted by dutter View Post
    sorry, go to the gym or buy/fabricate a leg press...you can't make a cat from two dogs.

    or this....(no, really dont try this at home)

    http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog...g%20Press.html
    I've done this, but on my Smith Machine.
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    I already squat. I have had a hip replacement and am looking for more variety. Thanks for the great ideas. I also want guys to know I'm not an idiot and appreciate the value of good old squats. After hip replacement every squat workout is a real gift.
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    Originally Posted by Josann View Post
    I already squat. I have had a hip replacement and am looking for more variety. Thanks for the great ideas. I also want guys to know I'm not an idiot and appreciate the value of good old squats. After hip replacement every squat workout is a real gift.
    Repped for squats after hip replacement, the new standard in hardcore. Haha BW your squatting AV doesn't seem so impressive anymore......................lol
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    Originally Posted by bigvin73 View Post
    Repped for squats after hip replacement, the new standard in hardcore. Haha BW your squatting AV doesn't seem so impressive anymore......................lol
    Yeah, it can be done. I use a box and squat to about 2-3 inches above parallel. Not ATG, but still something to be grateful. funny thing is that when younger i didn't like to train legs and now I can't wait to friday's leg day. I also do leg extensions, stiff deads, and leg curls. Legs are stronger than they've been in years.

    If you've got two good legs then squat heavy. Appreciate those leg training days while you can!
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