Why do people space plates 2-3 inches from each other on leg press or hack squat?

  1. Registered User
    LiLShAnK357's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    79
    Rep Power
    107

    Why do people space plates 2-3 inches from each other on leg press or hack squat?


    I seen a few videos on jay cutler back in 2005ish doing a hack squat and he spaced the plates on the bar about 2-3 inches away from each other... I have also seen a few people doing this on the leg sled/press at a few gyms

    What does this accomplish? Does it make the lift harder or ?

    Thanks

  2. Registered User
    JohnBrinks's Avatar
    Stats
    5'11"  170 lbs.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    England
    Age
    30
    Posts
    455
    Rep Power
    351

    They are afraid and double minded about what theyre doing and so they do it half heartedly. Thats what I think anyway. If you were confident and sure about what you were doing then you would do it firmly and properly.

    Although it may make it unstable and therefore make it a stability excersise, but not on a bloody machine, its hard enough to activate Core and stabalising muscles on bloody unstable core exercises with unstable equipment, usually people send the force into the joints.

    In my experience the noise of rattling plates can motivate you when youre on your own.

    But still I give it a definite
    JB
  3. Registered User
    MongoSS's Avatar
    Stats
    5'10"  250 lbs.
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    216
    Rep Power
    955

    they want to look cool. It makes it look like your using more weight than there really is. I think that it is pointless but to each there own.
    •   
       

  4. Registered User
    ShadowFury's Avatar
    Stats
    5'8"  180 lbs.
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Age
    24
    Posts
    646
    Rep Power
    408

    I'm not really positive either. If it were free weights then maybe stability(like the other dude said), but no idea of why they would space them so much :/
  5. Never enough
    Board Moderator
    EasyEJL's Avatar
    Stats
    5'10"  205 lbs.
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Age
    46
    Posts
    31,867
    Rep Power
    768811

    There is no positive ergogenic reason for it, so its either some lame broscience, or sloppiness
    This space for rent

    Phenadrol Log http://anabolicminds.com/forum/suppl...-hell-did.html - AMAZING fat loss results so far
  6. Registered User
    waynaferd's Avatar
    Stats
    6'3"  250 lbs.
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Ayuh, in Maine!
    Age
    37
    Posts
    1,172
    Rep Power
    8400

    I would guess more leverage to push against but really can't see how that would work, either.
    True story:

    I give a f**K!!
  7. Registered User
    TheLastRonin's Avatar
    Stats
    5'11"  228 lbs.
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    960
    Rep Power
    591

    Laziness.
  8. Registered User
    TheOne310's Avatar
    Stats
    6'0"  211 lbs.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    126
    Rep Power
    116

    epicness. youll look up to see wtf that noise is and see a dude who resembles a rhino
  9. Registered User
    CJPopovich's Avatar
    Stats
    5'10"  275 lbs.
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Maine
    Age
    36
    Posts
    696
    Rep Power
    426

    Half of all people are below average, lol.
  10. Registered User
    omni's Avatar
    Stats
    5'9"  260 lbs.
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    540
    Rep Power
    360

    Its for the noise of the weights clanking around.
  11. Registered User
    JohnBrinks's Avatar
    Stats
    5'11"  170 lbs.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    England
    Age
    30
    Posts
    455
    Rep Power
    351

    Quote Originally Posted by TheOne310 View Post
    epicness. youll look up to see wtf that noise is and see a dude who resembles a rhino
    hahahahahahahahahahaha
  12. Registered User
    JohnBrinks's Avatar
    Stats
    5'11"  170 lbs.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    England
    Age
    30
    Posts
    455
    Rep Power
    351

    I just realised if you speced them out a little so they rattle, what you could do is strain harder, enough to stop them rattling -> this will mean that your stabalisers are working all out to stop it it rattling and keep it still and doing as much stabalising as possible, and so making your joints more stable and your lifting more solid.
  •   

      
     

Similar Forum Threads

  1. Anyone here use the hack squat machine?
    By Rock Lee in forum Exercise Science
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 12-10-2008, 08:19 AM
  2. Hack Squat Machine
    By weightlifting in forum Training Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-05-2008, 05:23 PM
  3. Hack Squat
    By Brolic in forum Training Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-24-2008, 10:29 AM
  4. Front Squat vs Leg Press
    By MEH89 in forum Exercise Science
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 03-14-2008, 07:35 PM
  5. Cybex Leg Press vs Squat
    By Chemist63 in forum Exercise Science
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 04-07-2005, 04:01 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Log in

Log in