I've been trying to figure out if I should do squats or leg press during my workout, or if I should just do both and alternate 'em a bit. From everything I've read it sounds like the squats are a major component to working out, not only for lower body but for muscle development in general, so that makes me think I should stick with those. But with the leg press I can lift more weight and isolate some major leg muscles instead of working everything at once. I do deadlifts and bench press so it isn't like I'm avoiding those major compound lifts, but I'd just like to know the pros and cons of leg press and squat and if it really matters.
Oh and the goal is explosiveness. As of now I'm sticking with squats because I've read a lot of articles that state how squats and other compound lifts are great for explosiveness. Tell me your thoughts.
Explosiveness in what? I'll assume your talking in your lower body. If so then squat, by far. Speed squats as well since explosiveness is your goal. I do both, with squat being the primary movement for leg development, speed, and strength. Leg press being the secondary or assistance of the two.
squat heavy, leg press higher reps. Dont be the guy in the gym that leg presses like 1000 lbs, but cant squat his BW with good form...
Squats are pretty much better all around.. But if you are deadlifting a lot, then from a simplistic perspective you dont "need" to squat, and leg presses will work ok.
It really depends on how you deadlift and what your are trying to accomplish.
Your best bet is to spend most of your time with squats and deadlifts. Stay away from the leg press unless you have a specific reason for using them. And even though you are loading more weight on the leg press, you aren't lifting more weight.
I wasn't implying that you weren't likely to do them with good form. Its just people have different leverages and different techniques that make the movements work different muscles respectively.
Its one of those things. You should never be limited to just one or the other, so I dont know why people choose to do only one.
I guess if you didn't have a rack, but just had a bar, weights, and a leg press machine, then that would be the one occasion when it would make sense.
You have two options:
1) Squat and leg press
Both are fine.
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Squats. to depth. Leg presses afterwards.
I agree with the general consensus here - squats are number 1 and for a change of pace leg presses can supplment every once in a while.
Another idea. One workout do squats and something like good mornings or rdls. Next one do deadlifts and leg presses. There are many options to choose from. Find what works for you, or if you are not sure, go the tried and tested method.
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I'd go for heavy squats and then only a set or two of high reps leg press.If I had to choose only one it would be squats.They build strength and mass all over the body,not just the legs
Squats are definitely my 1st choice. There's just something about standing up with a heavy weight on your back. For me leg presses have their place mainly as an assistance exercise; good for learning how to start your deadlifts by pushing your feet into the floor.