Why you Shouldn’t Use the Leg Press 45 degree weight-loaded Sled machine at the gym

Squats vs Leg Press

Even though the leg press machine can be used with good effect, some people just take it too far.


This is the most hated guy in the gym right now. Of course we aren’t going to take the time to body shame him because that’s not nice even though we do notice that it wouldn’t be impossible for him to take in many simple carbs and alcohol.

It happened at my gym.

I rolled in around 8AM to the local squat rack, ya see. First, I hit the cables for a little bit to get the joints and movements warmed up and I noticed that the usually strong squatters are not squatting much weight at all today. Some of them definitely squat more than I do.

I was working upper body anyway that day.

So I went to one of the open racks and began some warm up sets for the barbell press. My goal was to hit some rounds with the 135lbs so I needed two 45s. I only had one available. Then, I looked at the other guys trying to squat near me and said something to which we all agreed was unfortunate that one guy had stolen all of the 45 pound plates nearby for his Leg Press machine partial range of motion circuit training.

To make it worse, he was circuit training on other machines for the upper body and also using more 45 lb plates. Next time I see something like that, I’m going to engage that person because I am seriously curious as to what the mindset or thought process was.

Here is your answer: Squats are far more efficient for the amount of weight used.

Let’s put it this way: 45 lb plates are a limited resource in this busy city neighborhood gym. One guy took almost all of the plates in the weightlifting area for his 45 degree sled.

Think back to junior high for a second and realize that the math is simple. You need far less force to move an object on a machine fixed path forward and upward compared to the stability demands of a loaded barbell completely on top of you.


Reason why Leg Press is inefficient for the amount of weight used

The squat utilizes those 45 plates more economically for the lifters that less 45 plates actually need to be used. This means more 45 plates will be available for everybody else.

If you can’t squat, Learn to Squat.

It’s that simple. Yes, squatting is completely necessary. Even if you have bad knees, you should practice some healthy range of motion in pretty much any squat variation of your choosing. Of course barbell squats are more advanced, so starting with a dumbbell in the goblet position as a novice lifter could help you get mad gains.

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Where do the best Glutes come from and how to achieve hip success

Hips are key to a lifetime of movement and mobility

Bottom. Backside. Glutes.

Center of the action

Center of the action

This article is all about the posterior chain. Hips to the ankles. The development of your rear down. 

Glute activation

Lying on your back, hips into the air.

That’s something you could do everyday to enhance the benefits of squatting.


Getting stronger here will help you become more powerful getting out of the bottom of a heavy squat.

Women should aim for a 40+ lbs db

Women should aim for a 40+ lbs db

The muscle fibers are stimulated and the resulting glute hypertrophy will be noticed by your snapchat followers.

Progression: must become stronger or more efficient in measures of fitness

Here is some situation:

A woman exerciser has been using the same 25 lb dumbbells for  every time she worked out squats. That booty gonna stay that way. If they are okay with it then fine.

It’s important to realize that the best glutes come from being subjected to progressively heavy forces throughout a range of motion.

Here are a few tips for progression:

1. Tempo: If you have no choice but to use the same weight as last time, then you can use tempo for progression. For each rep, lower yourself down slowly for a count of three seconds, then squat up as fast as you can. Do as many reps as you can in a minute.

2. Plyometric: Again, if you have no choice but to use the same weight as last time, now try jumping with it.

Weighted plyometric

Weighted plyometric

3. Different squat variation: no need to always do two legged squats. Variation helps with progression by getting stronger throughout more diverse range of motion.

4. Go heavier. That simple, go heavier than you’ve ever gone before. Aim for personal bests often.

5. Do more. Sometimes you can’t go heavier. Then do more, either do more reps or more sets or some way of increasing volume over last time.

You recover well by eating well and resting. Then You Go Enjoy your GAINS!

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