The Good Old Leg Press
Because the range of motion is smaller compared to the squat’s, the involvement of hamstrings and glutes is considerably lower. At the same time the engagement of abductors of the thigh and stabilizing muscles is a lot lower. However you should not neglect leg presses and keep them in your workout routine as they have a great effect on the quadriceps development.
Like we said, while doing leg presses, the hams and glutes are doing very little work, which leaves the whole work for the quadriceps. That’s right – presses are mostly a quads exercise and they allow the trainee to work the quads with some really heavy weights. No matter how great the squat is it just can’t engage the quads more than the leg press.
This is why you should have both exercises included into your workout plan. You can do them both in one workout by doing the first exercise with heavy weights and the second with light weights, or you can alter them on different days.
So let’s summarize :
– Wide range of motion which helps the development of the glutes and hams besides quadriceps.
– Bigger involvement of the assistance and stabilizing muscles – better development of strength and muscle mass.
– The involvement of thigh abductors contributes to a full development of the thighs.
– No need of special equipment
– A full body movement – squats train multiple muscle groups, even in the upper body.
The Leg Press
– A safer exercise than the squats
– You can use heavy weight for a single muscle group – the quadriceps.
– The minimal engagement of stabilizing muscles increases the load over the quads.
– Different foot positions allow you to change the load.