My gym decided that the power rack and 'standard' leg press machine were taking too much space on the floor and removed those equipments from it, so I'm left with: Hack squat machine, leg curl/extension and some glute/calf machines, apart from a horizontal leg press (along the lines of this one http://www.trackmasterfitness.com/F005-HORIZONTAL-LEG-PRESS-W.jpg ) and a smith. My questions are:
I never really used this kind of leg press. Is it somehow equivalent to the 45/60 degree ones or at least an ok substitute?
Are smith squats ok? I do understand the core/stabilizer muscles don't get hit as they do on free weight squats, but apart from that would them cause some sort of 'dangerous' strain? I did try a few reps and didn't fell any discomfort.
Any advice is appreciated