Squats vs Leg Press

There are some popular myths that float around the gym floor when it comes to squats. One of them is that doing squats boosts your testosterone levels higher than other weight training regiments. While it is true that doing squats will raise your testosterone levels for a short period of time after the workout, this is not exclusive to squats and lower body exercises. All types of muscle training will have this effect on your testosterone, as long as the intensity of training is sufficiently high.

Squats are a great way to reach multiple muscles in your body in one simple movement. They target the calves, quads, core and gluts and this is why they are particularly exhausting. It is also why not many gym goers like doing them and why they find excuses to exclude them from their workout.

Another myth is that there is no exercise that acts as an adequate substitute for working out at the squat cage. This is not true as doing your sets at the leg press machine will work the exact same muscles at the exact same intensity. Furthermore, unlike doing squats with an olympic bar, doing the leg press machine will not compress your spine and does not have nearly the same associated injury potential. If you imagine where all the pressure is situated during squats, the entire weight of the bar and your upper body is pushing down on your spine during the squat movement. On the other hand, during a leg press, the entire pressure is in your leg muscles where it belongs, and your spine remains unaffected.

The one aspect of the leg press that is inferior to squats is that it does not work your balance and stabilizing muscles to the same extent. However, you can compensate for this by combining the leg press with the leg curl, leg extension and various sporting activities that involve short bursts of activity and balance training.

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