I’ve done them during a whole cycle after my front squat and I strongly believe it didn’t help at all. It put unnecessary volume which make the workout harder to fully recover from.
I’d say if you’re already doing squats sometime in your week, you don’t need any leg press. Increase quality and volume of squat instead.
The bigger advantage of leg press was mentioned numerous time already, it’s the fact that it doesn’t strain lower back. If you’re already doing deadlift, good morning, bent-over rows, clean or snatch at other times in the week, it really adds ups in the lower back. That’s why I’d use leg press instead of squat in a cycle designed to improve one of the other lift I mentioned up here.
Exactly. This in fact was why I was doing leg presses. I needed more volume on the legs but didn’t want to involve the back. I alternated each week with the hack squat machine as well, doing 20 reppers there. I’ve had to stop because the volume finally caught up with me, but the result has been what I planned for: bigger legs.
I’m not usually using the leg press for strength, but to build more muscle tissue and supporting structures that I can convert into strength in the squat, deadlift and variations. while sparing my tired back.
Someone mentioned the lower back problem they got from leg press. That usually happens because of the seat position wherein the rear comes off the pad and the back rounds to support the range of motion. Adjust the seat or limit the range of motion or really concentrate on keeping the butt on the pads and the pain doesn’t occur.