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    Squats vs Seated Leg Press

    What are the benefits of each comparing to one another? The other day all the squat racks were used so I went to the seated leg press. Got the same mobility that I would on the squats, but my quads were killing me on the leg press whereas it doesn't really do much on squats. Do they target the same muscle groups?
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    Leg press isolates the legs and quads a bit more. Less core and back activation than a squat.
    Also easier to push to failure without form breakdown
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    And if you place your feet high up, and wide, on the platform, you will be targeting your hamstrings and glutes more. How do I know? From the major DOMS I get in glutes the next day, even after many years...
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    Originally Posted by etet1919 View Post
    And if you place your feet high up, and wide, on the platform, you will be targeting your hamstrings and glutes more. How do I know? From the major DOMS I get in glutes the next day, even after many years...
    Do you think it would be beneficial to do a superset with wide feet placement and close feet placement? Usually the squat racks are full and whenever i workout with my friend, he is significantly shorter so I can't really alternate squats with him since the bar would be placed lower and i would have to take all the weights off to lift it up and down.
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    It really all depends on your goals, is it to build as much muscle as possible, to get strong legs, to lose weight? Leg press could suit your needs depending on what you are intending to do, yes I feel your pain about waiting for squat racks, or drives me nuts too.
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    Originally Posted by richv24 View Post
    Do you think it would be beneficial to do a superset with wide feet placement and close feet placement? Usually the squat racks are full and whenever i workout with my friend, he is significantly shorter so I can't really alternate squats with him since the bar would be placed lower and i would have to take all the weights off to lift it up and down.
    How much shorter? Gf is 6 inches shorter and we easily share a rack.
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    Originally Posted by WolfRose7 View Post
    How much shorter? Gf is 6 inches shorter and we easily share a rack.
    Well he is 6-7 inches shorter than me. I can actually dip down a bit and pick it up on lighter weights, but when i go heavy, it feels weird getting the bar off the arms and I don't want to injure myself picking the weight up from what looks to me like a mid squat.
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    Originally Posted by richv24 View Post
    Do you think it would be beneficial to do a superset with wide feet placement and close feet placement? Usually the squat racks are full and whenever i workout with my friend, he is significantly shorter so I can't really alternate squats with him since the bar would be placed lower and i would have to take all the weights off to lift it up and down.
    You can superset with DB walking lunges.....
    I'd just do them first, as these may fatigue stabilizing muscles. Are you accustomed to lower body compound-setting?
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    Originally Posted by richv24 View Post
    Do you think it would be beneficial to do a superset with wide feet placement and close feet placement? Usually the squat racks are full and whenever i workout with my friend, he is significantly shorter so I can't really alternate squats with him since the bar would be placed lower and i would have to take all the weights off to lift it up and down.
    +1 on this question, or a related question: would it make sense to do different foot placement on different days, kind of simulating back squats v. front squats?
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    Originally Posted by WolfRose7 View Post
    Leg press isolates the legs and quads a bit more. Less core and back activation than a squat.
    Also easier to push to failure without form breakdown


    Pretty much this, but I'd be surprised if you got the same amount of knee flexion on leg press as you would with a squat. You must be one of the lucky ones with a leg press with a decent foot platform or some great ankle mobility
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    One advantage of the leg press is no spine compression, so it's great to use if you have injuries you're trying to work around.
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