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    Don't have equipment to do squats, Leg press substitute?

    I have a freakin old Marcy Machine at home (without the possibility for a gym membership) and because of the set up, I can't do squats. But I CAN do full ROM leg press. Is this a good enough substitute for a few months before I move cross-country to a place with an affordable gym?

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    Yes, leg press is great - dont worry about it. Just do good steady reps with no bouncing around.
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    Leg press is a good substitute if you dont' have access to do squat. but you have to go heavy on leg press though, since there aren't much stabilizer muscles involve in comparison to squat. can you do weighted lunge? they might help your stabilizers. you can also do one legged squat, just use your body weight and tell me if it's tough or not.

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    IF that is all you have, then it will have to work. It will not be nearly as effective as squats.... but better then nothing.

    What equpiment do you have? (besides the marcy machine whatever that is)

    If you have db's then do lunges, if you have a bar with enough weight then do Zercher squats. (assuming you are just missing the power rack)
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    Yeah, I just have the Marcy (13 yrs old), and DB's. I'll try doing the lunges as well as LP, thanks! o.. and no bar...

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    IMO leg press is a poor substitute for squatting but at your age DB lunges and leg press should give you a good base to squat well later in your liftin career

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    O, this is only temporary. My dad got a promotion and we'll be moving cross country to dallas, oregon, and there'll be a gym two blocks away that my parents will be paying for so I'll have access to squat stations (which is better smith squat or BB squat?) with in 3 months.

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    As others have said, if the leg press is what you have, then go ahead and use it.

    When you move and join a gym, do BB squats.
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    BB squats at gym... got it, thanks! Should I do ATF squats or should I save my knees and only go down 3/4 or 2/3 the way?

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    Done properly, ATF squats are better on your knees as you don't have the grinding that braking and reversing the motion causes at poor joint angles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borris
    Done properly, ATF squats are better on your knees as you don't have the grinding that braking and reversing the motion causes at poor joint angles.
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    BB squats , smith machine doesn't allow a natural ROM.
    Right now leg press is better than nothing. If your db's are heavy enough do squats with them.

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    If you can't get in the full squat definetly use leg press. The only thing is you will still need to work those stablizers. Do some lunges, stationary lunges, or 1 legged squats. You can use a dumbell for added wieght.
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