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60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press

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2011/03/16 10:15:30 (permalink)

60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press

As a long standing (pardon the pun) fan of the squat, only leg pressing light at the end of legs day to 'get the blood in' as it were.
 
I thought I'd give the leg press a try for real.  After repping up I eventually filled the trees - they take only 20 plates so I put the lot on and pushed out 3x5 with relative ease.
 
All I can say is, long live squatting!
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    kaldog
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 12:57:58 (permalink)
    whats your squat like?
     
    thats good pushing. i started doing these recently like you did, at the end of a leg session, but i struggle with 140kg. then again ive got a max squat of like 100kg so that could explain it :P

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    CitizenKane
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 13:01:08 (permalink)
    Funnily enough I find I am relatively weak with leg pressing compared to my squat. Some people can bash out like 4 times as much weight with the leg press as they can with their squat, I can only add about 50kg or so.
     
    EDIT: But of course I suppose this could just be down to the differences between different leg press machines in different gyms, which is why using your leg press numbers as an indicator of strength is futile.
     
    Still though 400kg is very strong by any standards. How much do you squat?
    post edited by CitizenKane - 2011/03/16 13:02:30

    "Be adequate"
     
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 13:42:35 (permalink)
    I am definitely stronger in my leg press but I guess I feel more confident without the excessive loads going down my spine. Also I just changed gyms and the new gyms leg press machine is awesome in comparison to the one in my old gym.
    Another point is that I am only just getting to a decent depth in my squat now from improving my break point.
     

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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 14:11:40 (permalink)
    Nothing compares to the deep squat.

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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 14:21:56 (permalink)
    As has been said its tough to compare machines at to what the effective load actually is. Mind you 400kg for a decent ROM on most machines is going to be good going.
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 14:48:13 (permalink)
    Numbers on this mean nothing like CK says. I can easily press 400KG on leg press, whilst I can squat in the low 100's!
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 15:27:10 (permalink)
    My squat's ok. I squat 4 plates each side for 5 x 3-5 (180kg), but mainly rep at 2-3 plates each side for 5 sets of 12 ish (depending on how I feel on the day). I have pushed 5 plates for 3 reps but not very deep and dropped the last rep on the pins.
     
    I squat to parallel, deeper on light repping days - but I'm wary of extra depth because of an old knee injury.
     
    The leg press machine I use (there are several in the leg room) is the Hammer Press - the one where you push the weight upwards from a seat at ground level. The trees are either side and take 10 plates each.  Possibly squeeze on an 11th but it'd be half on half off. A bit dodgy.
     
    I'm aware numbers mean little, but was pleased that I maxed the machine the first time I tried. I could definately press more, I just thought it was testament to squatting that I could nail it first time in anger on the machine.
     
    I get a full ROM on this - knees on the chest before pushing back out.
    post edited by Bollard - 2011/03/16 15:42:18
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 16:05:40 (permalink)
    I gave up on leg press because it takes so long to load the thing up! Squats are way better.
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 16:09:39 (permalink)
    Your squat is pretty damn good to be fair!
     
    On your point about full ROM leg press, another reason I actually hate leg pressing is because I find that it really hurts my ribs if I go 'deep'. Probably because my ribs stick out really far, but it makes it really uncomfortable.

    "Be adequate"
     
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 16:40:14 (permalink)
    At my gym I'm in the second tier of squatters. There's a bunch of really strong guys, competitive powerlifters and the like, that just blast out the heavy squats (and deads).
    Olympic bars bending under the load, the works.
     
    Then there's the next lot, mostly BBers that are on 2-4 plates each side. I'm at that sort of level, although not a BBer, I think playing sport for 20 years has given me strong legs.
     
    My mate's a cyclist (Team GB) and he reps 3 plates each side for fun, never goes heavier but A2G on 140kg all day long! Just throws out sets of 20+ like it's helium.
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 17:55:37 (permalink)
    On many leg press machines I find its actually hard to get a good ROM withoutlower back rounding.
     
    As far as machines go I like the leg press for BB purposes and if I was to go all out down that route they would be in my plan. I like one legged variations.
     
    They don't do anything for my squat of deadlift strength although I have heard stories of those that have found them benifical for deadlifting but.. mmmmm...
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    Re:60 stone (900lb, 400kg) leg press 2011/03/16 18:07:09 (permalink)
    i think sometimes, the push for ROM, can detract from the exercise.  if you look at some very high level bbers, you will find them using quite a small ROM on the leg press, and actually, i can see some justification in this, as it keeps the load focused largely on the quads.  It could also be argued that its less pressure on the knees, and stops any load transfer to the back.
     
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