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t-gunz 05-01-2010 07:19 AM

Discussion: leg press vs. squats
from Charles Poliquin:

Leg Press vs. Squat

When comparing squats against leg press, squats are far more effective in increasing overall strength. However, there's some evidence to suggest that the leg press might result in more hypertrophy of the quadriceps. One study showed that for the same number of reps, the leg press resulted in a higher amount of GH being produced than squats. As possible evidence, the leg press is the exercise of choice when it comes to speed skating, and I've personally worked with speed skaters whose legs made Tom Platz's look like Woody Allen's. While I'm loathe to recommend leg presses instead of squats, I merely present it as an interesting discussion point.

PUBLISHED 02-18-06

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whats your thoughts on this??????

t-gunz 05-01-2010 07:24 AM

personally im biast i like leg press better.

but in saying so i do believe that with leg press form is less of a worry(to an extent) you can go heavier and therefore recruit more muscle fibers to create a hypertrophy window

but as for squats i believe that this makes you stabilize your core as well therefore getting also great benefits

also heard that squats can release more testosterone?? correct me if im wrong on that

BTS 05-01-2010 11:45 AM

have heard the same in regards to test

I rarely, if ever do leg press. Leg Press is usually only to mix things up, but isn't a regular exercise I use.....In fact I dont remember the last time I used leg press other than warming up or for calves..................that being said, I'll probably use it this week lol

Prada 05-01-2010 12:21 PM

I think they both have their place.

Narkissos 05-01-2010 01:53 PM

Personally I'd LOVE to see those speed skaters who supposedly made Tom Platz's legs look like shit.

Bear in mind... THIS is Tom Platz:

Narkissos 05-01-2010 01:55 PM

Like Prada said, both have their place.

The above snippet mentions GH output, as if that has a direct correlation to hypertrophy.

It also talks about quad hypertrophy as if the quads are the only muscle in the leg.

BTS 05-01-2010 01:58 PM

Tom Platz? or a Gi-Normous Anatomical Picture


Prada 05-01-2010 02:04 PM

I wonder where he gets his pants and shorts from.

Narkissos 05-01-2010 02:09 PM

If my legs were that size I wouldn't wear pants.

Prada 05-01-2010 02:15 PM

Hmmmm bottomless ehhhh?

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