Some coaches say the leg press is worthless. Probably the "functional" coaches, where people balance on a Swiss ball while juggling a few dwarfs.
Here's the funny thing about these clowns – they had to change the term to "functional strength" because, as you might expect, you can actually build strength with the leg press and other machines!
So they could not say, "Well, machines do not build power." Of course they do. And do not even let me start with the buttocks that the Smith machine does not like, because "they fix the lifter in a certain pattern and make it more dangerous" or "the stabilizers do not work". Sheep
Where was I? Oh yes, the leg press.
Sounds functional, right?
There are a variety of studies that use the leg press to increase vitality (running, walking, jumping, etc.) across virtually all populations. In the end, they all show the same thing. As you grow stronger with the leg press, you get stronger quads in real life … not matrix-style quads that only exist in a virtual reality.
Then there are decades of anecdotes from virtually every experienced lifter on the Internet Planet who has been doing hard leg presses for a long time. In the end, they had bigger and stronger legs.
Few things irritate me more than dogmatic strength trainers who believe that the answer to every question lies in a squat rack. It not.
Question of Power 2
Legend of the Smith Machine