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    Can I do leg presses in place of squats?


    I was thinking of just doing deadlifts and leg extensions at home and once I get a gym membership doing leg presses and deadlifts instead of squats. I've been having knee pain lately. My friend told me I'm doing too much in my workout and leg presses are better for you knees. I do squats, front squats and deadlifts in the same day.

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    leg presses do not take the place of leg presses if you want the leg development that squats provide. I myself shied away from squats after minor knee surgery just as an excuse so I wouldnt have to do squats. My legs never grew the same until I started squatting again. If your having knee pain I would say goto the doctor and get it checked out to be careful. If that is all fine then just make sure your form is good when your doing squats.
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    you know what? I'm not that old, but some exercises just do not work for me. every time i do squats i get back pain. front squats i can do. I've had people watch my form for me, to make sure i was correct in doing them and everything. now there is a squat machine called a "super squat" i think its made by precor, i can do that thing till I'm puking and I'm fine. point is, if theres an exercise that puts undue stress or injury on your body, don't do it.......and yes leg presses are a good alternative to squats.
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    I was going to do leg extensions also. Also I read squats and deadlifts work the same muscles, is that true?
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    depends on the type of deadlift you do, I believe a stiff-leg deadlift hits your calves more, other than that I forget which type of deadlift hits each part of the leg more.
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    leg press put most all of the development on the quads. or the front of the legs. squats work all major parts of the legs. from the quads, hammy, glutes. all but calves. you can skip squats but you will lack glute and hammy development. if you put in leg curls and lunges along with leg press than you would be onto something but you can get that all in one with squats. they suck but if you dont have to shy away from them because of injury than dont skip. just do em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itzgambino View Post
    depends on the type of deadlift you do, I believe a stiff-leg deadlift hits your calves more, other than that I forget which type of deadlift hits each part of the leg more.
    I mean just the regular deadlifts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisG View Post
    leg press put most all of the development on the quads. or the front of the legs. squats work all major parts of the legs. from the quads, hammy, glutes. all but calves. you can skip squats but you will lack glute and hammy development. if you put in leg curls and lunges along with leg press than you would be onto something but you can get that all in one with squats. they suck but if you dont have to shy away from them because of injury than dont skip. just do em.
    What about doing deads leg extensions leg presses and hamstring curls? Also doesn't deadlifts work your glutes pretty well?
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    dead lifts are mainly both lower back/hamstrings. but yes some glute gets in there. the above stated is fine but id still add in lunges for glute development. leg press, lunges, ham curl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisG View Post
    dead lifts are mainly both lower back/hamstrings. but yes some glute gets in there. the above stated is fine but id still add in lunges for glute development. leg press, lunges, ham curl.
    I hate lunges. last time I tried them with just 30lbs with the barbell I fell down.
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    I think it all depends on what the overall goal is. Squats work out considerably more muscle groups and also help develop coordination. Leg press isolates the legs and removes all extraneous factors such as balance and allows one to push the leg muscles much harder than you ever could in a squat.
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    What type of shoes do you wear?
    Have you ever considered box squats?
    Do you do TKE's?
    Do you have any pre-exsisting conditions with your knees?
    How is the range of motion in your ankles?
    When you squat do you bend at your knees first or at your hips?

    Leg presses are not going to give you the same development as squats, but if your not a competitive athlete they are a viable option for leg work. Like others have said just make sure to include direct hamstring and glute work. Also if your knees are bothering I don't know how you can stand doing leg extensions as they put a lot of strain on the ligaments around your knees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmiller383 View Post
    What type of shoes do you wear?
    Have you ever considered box squats?
    Do you do TKE's?
    Do you have any pre-exsisting conditions with your knees?
    How is the range of motion in your ankles?
    When you squat do you bend at your knees first or at your hips?

    Leg presses are not going to give you the same development as squats, but if your not a competitive athlete they are a viable option for leg work. Like others have said just make sure to include direct hamstring and glute work. Also if your knees are bothering I don't know how you can stand doing leg extensions as they put a lot of strain on the ligaments around your knees.
    I bend at the hips. After reading these posts I might still do squats, but just cut out front squats or do front squats but cutout squats. My knees have been hurting recently, but I don't know why. I don't wear any shoes while squatting since I workout at home.
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    Nobody noticed he is doing Squats/Front Squats/Deadlifts all on the same day? Not sure how much weight your pushing or what percent of your max you're using but working all 3 of those intensely would put me out of commission for about 2 weeks. Seperate them in your workouts would be my recommendation. And work box squats as I find I sit back better with them lessening the knee stress and working my posterior chain more.
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    Video tape yourself squatting as you normally would one of these days and we can see if you have any issues that may be attributing to your knee pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonschaffin View Post
    Nobody noticed he is doing Squats/Front Squats/Deadlifts all on the same day? Not sure how much weight your pushing or what percent of your max you're using but working all 3 of those intensely would put me out of commission for about 2 weeks. Seperate them in your workouts would be my recommendation. And work box squats as I find I sit back better with them lessening the knee stress and working my posterior chain more.
    Well maybe you guys can help me setup a workout plan.
    Here is what I was doing. The date below the exercise is when I switch. Normally if I can't do one set of 10 when I switch I go back and do the same weight another week.

    Curls
    20
    July 20

    wrist Curls
    10
    July 20

    forearm wrist Curls
    10
    July 20


    Hammer Curls
    15
    July 20

    Flys
    20
    July 27

    deadlift
    110
    July 27

    Military press
    100
    july 20

    barbell row
    80
    july 20

    squat
    170
    July 20

    benchpress
    140
    july 20

    Front Squat
    140
    August 4

    I was doing all these in the same day. Here is the routine I was thinking of changing to.

    Arms and Chest: Monday Wednesday Friday

    wrist Curls
    10
    July 20

    forearm wrist Curls
    10
    July 20

    Hammer Curls
    15
    July 20

    Flys
    20
    July 27

    Military press
    100
    August 5

    barbell row
    80
    july 20

    benchpress
    140
    july 20

    Triceps Extensions
    15
    August 5

    Legs: Tuesday Thursday Saturday


    deadlift
    110
    July 28

    Leg Extension
    40
    August 6

    Hamstring Extension
    30
    August 6

    squat
    170
    July 20
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    Well maybe you guys can help me setup a workout plan.
    Here is what I was doing. The date below the exercise is when I switch. Normally if I can't do one set of 10 when I switch I go back and do the same weight another week.

    Curls
    20
    July 20

    wrist Curls
    10
    July 20

    forearm wrist Curls
    10
    July 20


    Hammer Curls
    15
    July 20

    Flys
    20
    July 27

    deadlift
    110
    July 27

    Military press
    100
    july 20

    barbell row
    80
    july 20

    squat
    170
    July 20

    benchpress
    140
    july 20

    Front Squat
    140
    August 4

    I was doing all these in the same day. Here is the routine I was thinking of changing to.

    Arms and Chest: Monday Wednesday Friday

    wrist Curls
    10
    July 20

    forearm wrist Curls
    10
    July 20

    Hammer Curls
    15
    July 20

    Flys
    20
    July 27

    Military press
    100
    August 5

    barbell row
    80
    july 20

    benchpress
    140
    july 20

    Triceps Extensions
    15
    August 5

    Legs: Tuesday Thursday Saturday


    deadlift
    110
    July 28

    Leg Extension
    40
    August 6

    Hamstring Extension
    30
    August 6

    squat
    170
    July 20
    One thing you have to be careful of if you are pushing to failure or close to it is that you are doing something every day puts stress on your lower back. MWF it's barbell rows, T/Th/S you are doing squats and deadlifts. If you aren't going to failure or aren't lifting pretty heavy you'd be fine. Either way though I'm not a fan of what you are doing or are wanting to switch to. That's only leaving you 1 day each week to rest and your are essentially doing the same workout every 2 days. Break it up and rotate it. I personally don't like lifting any more than 4 days each week. For a basic progressive routine look into a 5x5 or Jim Wendlers 5/3/1 program. They're both great programs that allow for some variation and rotation to prevent stalling while your progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtp217 View Post
    One thing you have to be careful of if you are pushing to failure or close to it is that you are doing something every day puts stress on your lower back. MWF it's barbell rows, T/Th/S you are doing squats and deadlifts. If you aren't going to failure or aren't lifting pretty heavy you'd be fine. Either way though I'm not a fan of what you are doing or are wanting to switch to. That's only leaving you 1 day each week to rest and your are essentially doing the same workout every 2 days. Break it up and rotate it. I personally don't like lifting any more than 4 days each week. For a basic progressive routine look into a 5x5 or Jim Wendlers 5/3/1 program. They're both great programs that allow for some variation and rotation to prevent stalling while your progress.
    Well instead of doing barbell rows, what I heard I could do was lay on my stomach have my head stick out from the end of the bench and lift dumbbells up to work my upper back. How does that sound?
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    Being a lightweight female, I'm not sure if my input will matter, but I had a knee injury in 2007 that required physical therapy. Box squats were a part of my therapy protocol in the latter weeks. I like doing box squats holding a 35 lb plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itzgambino View Post
    depends on the type of deadlift you do, I believe a stiff-leg deadlift hits your calves more, other than that I forget which type of deadlift hits each part of the leg more.
    Stiff leg deads hit primarily the hamstrings.

    Secondary muscles are lower/upper back,shoulders and glutes.
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    If I may.

    Some people,for whatever the reason may be,can't legitimately do squats or deads,but MANY use it as an excuse,because they are serious,energy draining compound movements.

    You will NEVER achieve your full potential on any major lift without incorporating them both in your regimen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeper View Post
    Being a lightweight female, I'm not sure if my input will matter, but I had a knee injury in 2007 that required physical therapy. Box squats were a part of my therapy protocol in the latter weeks. I like doing box squats holding a 35 lb plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    I hate lunges. last time I tried them with just 30lbs with the barbell I fell down.
    those exercises that "you hate", those are the ones you need to works on. i used to hate running, now after forceing myself to do more of it, i've come to like it, not love it mind you, but like it. same thing with deadlifts, i used to hate deadlifts caus ei could not do them well, but now after 3 months or so, i love them....those i do love. same thing with lunges and you. keep at them and you might at least like them, maybe not love them but who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    Well instead of doing barbell rows, what I heard I could do was lay on my stomach have my head stick out from the end of the bench and lift dumbbells up to work my upper back. How does that sound?
    You could do that. My personal favorite for building my upper back (aside from deadlifts) is weighted chins and Kroc rows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lennoxchi View Post
    those exercises that "you hate", those are the ones you need to works on. i used to hate running, now after forceing myself to do more of it, i've come to like it, not love it mind you, but like it. same thing with deadlifts, i used to hate deadlifts caus ei could not do them well, but now after 3 months or so, i love them....those i do love. same thing with lunges and you. keep at them and you might at least like them, maybe not love them but who knows?
    Well I'm better off going back to squats then. I don't really have enough room in my room to do lunges. I'm still wondering even if I switch to the workout that I stated if I'll be doing too much and which squat I should stick with the regular squat or the front squat. I would have to cut one out or at least alternate them, but I'm not sure when to alternate, because I've never really alternated before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    Well I'm better off going back to squats then. I don't really have enough room in my room to do lunges. I'm still wondering even if I switch to the workout that I stated if I'll be doing too much and which squat I should stick with the regular squat or the front squat.
    Rotate front and back squat every couple weeks. Knee pain can come from several different things. More then likely your form is off or you have some flexibility/soft tissue tightness somewhere.

    Where is the pain in your knee and is it a constant dull ache or just a sharp pain during certain movements?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtp217 View Post
    Rotate front and back squat every couple weeks. Knee pain can come from several different things. More then likely your form is off or you have some flexibility/soft tissue tightness somewhere.

    Where is the pain in your knee and is it a constant dull ache or just a sharp pain during certain movements?
    I don't even really have pain during the exercise, but afterward a will like a day later. It's not all the time though and it's a dull pain that last afew minutes at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtp217 View Post
    Rotate front and back squat every couple weeks. Knee pain can come from several different things. More then likely your form is off or you have some flexibility/soft tissue tightness somewhere.

    Where is the pain in your knee and is it a constant dull ache or just a sharp pain during certain movements?
    If I rotated them every 3 or 4 weeks, how often do I bump up the weight? On squats I usually bump up the weight every two or three weeks. I know when I don't do an exercise for about a week or two sometimes I have to take off 10lbs and work back up especially if we're talking about the bench press but my legs can take more than my arms.
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    First I'd look at your diet and make sure that you are getting enough fats and fluids since both of those help with joint health. Next I'd look at your squat form. More then likely you are shooting your knees forward over your toes when you squat. This might not cause pain during the movement but it puts a ton of stress on them that can cause joint pain like you described.
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