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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-15-2004, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Legs? How does this work?

This post is about to get real dumb so hold on.
I'm not sure of the technical names for the equipment but here goes.

The equipment I'm talking about is this seat, you sit in it and put your feet out in front of you on this flat panel. You push with your legs and lift the weight you have set.

Told you this was going to get dumb fast.

Anyways. What's this equipment called?

I ask because I want to know how it works, without hurting my knees. I can adjust, but I'm not sure how far back I should be, or where my feet should be positioned - top/bottom/sides?

How much should I lift with my legs? Should I lift heavy like I do with my arms, or start lower?


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After reading a few other post, I found lots of talk about a leg press.. if this is the same deal.

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Yep, that would be the leg press. Your feet should be about shoulder width apart and slightly out in front of you so that your knees don't go past your toes.

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Should my knees be close to my chest though?


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Alot of people bring their knees that far. I don't think it's any more efficient (muscle wise) to do that. I was told that your leg muscle(forgot the name, brain fart) is fully extended when your legs are at a 45* angle with your shin. Any more than that and you stretching your tendons. Again, that's what I was told and it seems to make sense.

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Good information. Thank you

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Alot of people bring their knees that far. I don't think it's any more efficient (muscle wise) to do that. I was told that your leg muscle(forgot the name, brain fart) is fully extended when your legs are at a 45* angle with your shin. Any more than that and you stretching your tendons. Again, that's what I was told and it seems to make sense.

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They are called quadriceps (quads) and aren't quite at a full stretch at 45 degrees. I personally have gone pretty heavy on the leg sled and brought my knees to my chest for a full stretch. There are plenty of serious lifters that go ass to ankles on squats without a problem, just be sure you are nice and warm and know your limits.

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Need more Boost is right. But I wouldn't recommend full squats to the ankles or touching your knees to the chest on the leg press. It's very hard on the knees in the long run and unless you plan on competing as a powerlifter then skip the deep squats and presses. JMO


-A 45* right angle is sufficient.

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-A 45* right angle is sufficient.
It may be sufficient, but it's not optimal. You can get stronger moving alot of weight on the bench a few inches, but a full press from the chest will be a far better stimulus for growth. "Ass to ankles" is just a saying, there is such a thing as too far, but 45 degrees isn't it.

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It may be sufficient, but it's not optimal. You can get stronger moving alot of weight on the bench a few inches, but a full press from the chest will be a far better stimulus for growth. "Ass to ankles" is just a saying, there is such a thing as too far, but 45 degrees isn't it.
What you're saying is true. I'm just trying to protect the guy's knees.

I'm 31 I like to protect my joints.

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Yes protect the guys knees, he needs them. Being 21 I don't want to mess things up.. that's why I made a post on this, to see how this lift should properly be done.

So around 45 if I want to be nice on the knees, all the way if I want to build more..?

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