I have always had a problem with my dead lifts and squats I have a strong upper body with a relatively weak lower body for example I can bench 130kg and only dead lift 140kg. I have a few problems with my knees and while doing squats I get a shooting pain down the side and behind my knee cap.
The other night I tried using a leg press instead of doing squats and it caused no pain in my knees at all and was actually able to lift more than I could doing a squat. Is the leg press a good alternative to build the strength in my legs or is it a shite substitute and I should stick to squats?
Also I play basketball and am trying to increase my vertical was wondering if anyone has any good exercises for this? Currently Iâ??m doing leg presses, dead lifts, lunges and calf raises?
Thanks any advice would be greatly appreciated.