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07-31-2011, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by NJD21 View Post
I've read somewhere that leg press is not a good exercise for hockey.

Each week I've been doing leg press right after squats and lunges, but is there a better leg exercise I can replace leg press with?

And what's so bad about leg press anyway? Does it have to do with being able to exert a large force with your legs that your core can't match against?
Squats are just a better exercise for sports performance for a variety of reasons.

-You don't play hockey sitting down.
-Squats require balance and so you are using stabilizing muscles
-Squats utilize core muscles more than the leg press ie. low back and abs.

I've done both for many years and just never felt leg press was half as effective as a squat. I was never more muscular than when I was squatting heavy nor was I ever quicker/more athletic.

Sounds like you're already squatting though. I don't see why leg press in addition to squats and lunges is an issue.

I don't have that kinda time. Squats, lunges, leg curls, calves, abs, stretching= done for my lower body workout.

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