Squats vs leg press

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  1. RockDaBoat

    RockDaBoat New Member

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    I'd 20 minutes to burn at the gym yesterday and had a go at the 45 degree leg press (for the first time in years)... no matter how much weight I put on, I was able pull off 5 deep reps everytime without too much effort. I worked my way up from 176lb and added 44lb for each set until I reached 440lb... it was still too easy.

    On the squat my all time 5RM is 264lb and the last reps made my head want to explode!

    I know the back muscles and abs play an important role, but I would never think it would make a ~200lb difference. Could something be wrong with my squats, or is part of the problem psychological, i.e. "oh fuck this huge weight I have on my back is gonna kill me!"? :noes:

    Or does everyones leg press max own their squat max?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    No it's just a completely different movement. Theres a reason you've never seen a 1500lb squat, but that kind of weight gets moved on leg presses all the time.
     
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    bear frankly rover i dont give a "woof

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    plus youre moving and balancing your own body weight
     
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    Ah, I didn't fully realise that. I assumed because the leg press uses the same leg muscles as the squat (according to exRx.net) I was missing something! :hsd:

    Thanks.
     
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    I usually hit the leg press after my squats for a few high(er) rep sets
     
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    squats ftw
     
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    I hate leg press. To easy to go down to far and pull on my back. I love squats
     
  9. TheWeasel

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    Same thing for me. I max out the leg press machines without an issue. Squats require lots more muscle control to hold the weight in place and brings in many smaller muscle groups, because of that you can't throw on weight as easily.
     
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