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    hey guys just wondering if any of you use the leverage squat machine. my gym is geting bodysolid brand leverage squat and calf raise machine. supposedly you can load upto 1000 lb on this machine. just wondering if any of you have worked it into your leg rotation and how you are finding it?? does it compare to a free bar squat in terms of feel and amount of weight u can use?? how have u guys found it for quad size??
    thanks guys train hard

  • #2
    This?

    If so, I saw one in a training video one time, and the guys were big. This was a long time ago and I don't remember who it was. Your best bet is to just try it; machines can feel drastically different from one person to another.

    http://www.bodysolid.com/Images/Prod...0/600/516l.jpg

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    • #3
      ^very similar to the machine I dislocated my thumb on. Gave me flashbacks just seeing that.
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      • #4
        yep thats the one. will have the chance to try it in a few weeks. seems it would lend itself well to dc training as one can get quite progressive on it.

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        • #5
          I use the hammer v squats. works well , just a bit awkward on the bottom part..kind of roll your back..
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          • #6
            The one in my gym cant fit many plates on it, if its the same one in that pic, looks like you cant fit more than 5 plates per side.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by flamez View Post
              The one in my gym cant fit many plates on it, if its the same one in that pic, looks like you cant fit more than 5 plates per side.
              on the hammer you can fit 7 . and I use a chain to add some.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by bouncer dave View Post
                on the hammer you can fit 7 . and I use a chain to add some.
                On some, if you slide the rubber washers on inside of the posts off before loading weight, you can make room for an 8th. (Seems like it depends on the year it was made, I think.)

                A loaded EZ bar fits nicely on those as well for added weight.

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                • #9
                  I've never tried it, but that thing looks like a lower back nightmare. Wouldn't you roll forward quite a bit at the bottom?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bouncer dave View Post
                    I use the hammer v squats. works well , just a bit awkward on the bottom part..kind of roll your back..
                    Try facing the machine. I saw Shelby do it in some training vid and I like it much better.

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                    • #11
                      Those squat machines always kill my knees, like my femur is going to tear off my lower leg and just keep going forward.
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                      • #12
                        My experience on one of the leverage machines didnt feel good at all due to the arc you have to follow. You can take it nice and deep though. Also only needed about half the weight compared to a normal BB squat.
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                        • #13
                          thanks for the replies guys. will give it a go once its set up.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 5spotbullseye View Post
                            I've never tried it, but that thing looks like a lower back nightmare. Wouldn't you roll forward quite a bit at the bottom?
                            you just have to stop short of that point. so all you can get is just breaking parallel.
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                            • #15
                              It also depends on your height. A taller guy might have more issues with it, but I'm short and get a full range of motion. My only problem is that I maxed out on weight on the machine. I couldn't fit any more plates on it after a while. I am pretty strong on legs (500 lb squat), but I still seemed to max out fairly quickly on this. I would say that for most people it's a decent machine though and I go back to it from time to time.

                              Currently I use it for my "Power" Day. I will do a set of strict heavy BB shoulder presses (5 reps), then superset that with this machine where I will throw the weight up and catch it for 10 reps. For legs I will superset a heavy squat (5 reps) with 10 jumps using this machine.
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