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Weights or rather, no weights question...(5 posts)

Weights or rather, no weights question...noveread
Oct 9, 2002 12:37 PM
I have a weight training plan for the winter. One of the exercises is the leg press or squats. The problem is this is the one "station" that my weight system lacks. All the other stations the training plan calls for I have, it's just the leg press.

Anyway, my question is if there is an exercise that I can do to simulate the leg press/squats? Would lunges with barbells work?

Andy
re: Weights or rather, no weights question...bob_vanderhaus
Oct 9, 2002 1:24 PM
Squatting the back end of a small car(like a honda civic) should work great for your squats....just avoid hatchbacks, the shorter wheelbase really makes a difference.
no seated leg press? unusual...ColnagoFE
Oct 9, 2002 1:41 PM
lunges should work fine, but you're not gonna be able to do heavy weight work like with squats. if you have someone to spot you or better yet a power cage just use free weights and do squats.
some optionsBryanJL
Oct 9, 2002 1:57 PM
Hi Andy,

If, and whenever possible, get to a gym that has a cage so you can do squats, or one that has the leg press so you can do them.

But, obviously that's the issue...so here's what I substitute in the same situation:

I use barbells with as much weight as I can load onto them (and as much as I can hold) and do squats. The weight is significantly less than with a traditional barbell...usually it's 30 or so lbs per barbell. I hold them to my side and do the squats.

Or, do partner squats. A partner climbs onto your back, and you do squats. Need a partner whose weight is appropriate for your level of development, who will relax, and probably should avoid anything deeper than a partial squat.

You can also do the same and climb stairs, either one at a time or two.

Also, resistance bands can work, and are great when travelling.

Hope these give you some ideas.

Good luck,

Bryan
Lunges + wall sits.fbg111
Oct 9, 2002 2:02 PM
Lunges are too easy (unless you find a way to attach a lot of weight to your body), but require movement. Wall sits are hard, but are static. Combining the two should make a strong leg workout. Alternate sets, go until you're burnt out. Do it two or three times a week. $.02.