I would like to know if people who lift do it just to build muscle for show or do it to help them in real life situations. At the gym I rarely see people do the tough exercises such as squats and deadlifts in favor of machines such as the leg press and machine curls.
A squat for example is an exercise that can translate into the real world for events such as helping a friend move. A 400 pound squat or deadlift will help me move washers and dryers since lifting those use the same movement as a squat. I have never come into a real life situation where I had to sit back on a chair and push something with my legs. I think that leg press is an excellent exercise but does not help in real world situations. I am a lifter who says that if you have the muscle have the strength to back it up.
I see too many people who look strong but have trouble benching 225 pounds and have trouble and cannot even squat 315 pounds. What is your opinion on the subject?