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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

Just wanted to know what people out there prefer for leg press. Im not so much interested in how they train on the press or worried about the size or cost of the machine.

I want to know if you could have any leg press available for the sole purpose that you thought it was the most productive and best piece of equipment what would it be.

I know there are a bunch of guys including myself who like the Nautilus Duo-Squat. Some have mentiond the Nautilus Levearage Leg press. A few have raved about the MEDX Leg press. Avenger or Selectorized?
Hammer Strength seems to be liked by many. Also what about 45 degree leg presses? If you like them the most, then what brand?

I am just curious and hoped I could stir up some fun discussion.

Michael
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GatorFan

I'll vote for the MedX.

I've only used two others though, a Cybex which I hated and a Hammer Strength which was decent.

The resistance curve on the MedX felt great to me, tough throughout the entire range without being impossible or too light in any one range.
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logicbdj

Ontario, CAN

Only about 20 exist... I like the Pendulum multi-station lying leg press. There is something unusual about its feel and curve that allows even rehab knee patients to use this thing.

How it all began: Tyler Hobson, of Pendulum Strength Training Solutions (logo and name courtesy of myself) developed a multi-station machine. The leg press was a seated version. I got on the machine, but discovered quickly that the welding was not the best. The seat broke and back I went onto the floor. While lying there, I thought of the Hammer Strength lying horizontal leg press (the model that is about 7-8 feet high!). I then drafted designs to create such a leg press positioned on the ground... no climbing required.

The rest is history, as Tyler developed this... almost to my specs. The way it is made, there is zero tension or compression on the lumbar spine. You would have to exaggerate the stretch to experience as much. And the way the strength curve exists, you could not use so much weight as to experience lumbar strain. Go too heavy, and the point just past full stretch becomes too hard.

Therefore, when the glutes are in full activation (full stretch), and as they shift tension to the quads (toward the mid point), the tension increases significantly, and it has to be low enough for the quads to take over the movement. Thus, you can only go as heavy as the quads will allow, and not what the glutes can handle.
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frostyF

Arkansas, USA

I either presently own or have owned the Hammer leg press(1st generation and 2nd generation),the Hammer H-Squat,the Nautilus Duo-Squat,the Nautilus Duo-Leg press,Nautilus PowerPlus leg press,and the MedX Avenger leg press.In my opinion,the Avenger outranks them all.The seat,foot pedal,shoulder pads,and resistance curve seem perfect.
Leon
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SanDiego

I've never been a fan of leg presses, having never used one that felt right... most leg presses I've used require me to round my back for a full range of motion.

I have always wanted to try a Nautilus Duo-Squat though. The range of motion looks like it allows for a very deep stretch.

Anyone know of any gyms in the San Diego area with one?
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

The MedX Avenger leg press.
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JEATON

Tennessee, USA

Looking at the Pendulum site, the Phit center looks interesting. Anyone have any experience with it? I could not find pricing on the site. Any input would be appreciated.
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Landau

Florida, USA

The Cybex Eagle Leg Press, their latest version. My favorite by far and away - wish I had the extra 6 grand. David
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dipsrule

Pennsylvania, USA

I dont know the best but I have a nautlus compound leg that I retro-fitted with bearings.
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

Hey Brian
After watching your Annihilation video today I seen how versitile that Pendulum machine is. I e-mailed the company asking if they still make it. I had no idea you could do so much with it, and yes the leg press on it looks cool.

Also has anyone been on a MEDX selectorized and Avenger. Wondering how they compare to each other.

Michael
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RobT

Hi David

I'm now using the Eagle Leg Press also and its a great design - except for the really strong guys - where the stack may not be enough. After and ACL reconstruction 11 months ago - it by far the best machine i've used to reduce knee pain at heavy loads. (but then i would say that as i work for Cybex (uk)LOL!!

Check out our video clip - i tend to set it up for a full ROM - knees to chest etc.

http://www.cybexintl.com/...t.aspx?id=11040

Rob T
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chaire

North Carolina, USA

I have used just about every leg press made. I like the Eccentric-edge leg press. It allows you to do reg. reps, hyper, and negative only.
God Bless,
Charlie
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logicbdj

Ontario, CAN

In regard to the Pendulum multi, it does a lot for the space, although you have to contend with plugging in different arms, etc. Usually when I use it (mostly every session with every client), I only pick 1-2 exercises with it, and then use other equipment. Trying to do a whole workout on it means spending a minute or so changing up the seat position, moment arms, etc.

The cost is about $5000, which was Pendulum's cost (they made one at a time... prototypes... to get their name out there.

There were a number of things I wanted Tyler to change on the machine, to make it more functional in regard to set-up and force curves, but he never did. His money is in the single-station pieces.
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JimBryan

Florida, USA

Pendulum "Quad Press" (Multi Station Machine) Pendulum "Hip Press"
MedX Avenger series, Pro-Maxima PL-21 Power Leg press.
Randy Roach and Fred Fornicola have come up with several new exercises on the Pendulum Multi-Machine. I use the Multi daily.
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MikaelPR

The MedX Avenger is the best I've used. Biomechanics of the selectorized machine but with even less friction.
Mike
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strengthmaster

Michigan, USA

I would agree with the guys on the MedX
Avenger leg press being the best. We have it along with a Hammer, Hammer H-Squat, Nautilus Power Plus, and MedX selectorized. I have used pretty much every brand (except Eccentric Edge) and it is the Best. MedX is the best selectorized.

It's a shame that MedX quit producing the Avenger line. Many of them are (were) truly excellent pieces. The Chest press (which we have), the lat pulldown, seated row, pullover, 4-way neck were all great and the other pieces were very good.

Scott
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marcrph

Portugal

Which leg press is best for short people, say 5'0''?
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Tom Traynor

Just got back from ther local YMCA and tried the Cybex Eagle LP. It is good--but not as good as the Medx selectorized.

The surprise of the visit was the Cybex Eagle ab machine. it works a lot like the old Superslow/Ken hutchins ab machine with arms braced straight, pushing forward with pelvis blocked from the SI joint.
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

Im going to have to try one of these MEDX leg machines. Can you load alot of plates onto the Avenger?

No one here prefers a normal 45 degree leg press though? I would have figured there would be someone, seeing as every comapany seems to make one or something like it. Also there can be one found in almost any gym.

Michael
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cargo

Drew Baye wrote:
The MedX Avenger leg press.

Drew, what do you think about the Leg Press Ken Hutchins made, the one that they have at the SSZ. I really liked it and thought it was really easy to set up and i thought it was pretty cool you could adjust the endpoint stopper in the middle of a set. The reason I ask you is because I'm not sure how many other people have seen it.

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SB2006

The MedX Avenger is my all time favorite Leg Press. It is smooth as glass and very easy on the knees and low back. I have used it one leg at a time with people with chronic low back problems with nothing but good results (contrary to the belief that one limb work is dangerous for the low back). It works well for the very short and very tall as well.
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jn6047

I have a Hammer 45' leg press. Out of all the 45' leg presses I've used it is the best. But, I still don't like doing leg presses on it. I much prefer the feel of free weight squats. One day I'll track down a Medx Avenger leg press, maybe then I'll like leg pressing.

jn6047
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cargo

can someone give me a link to the Pendulum website, can't seem to pull anything up on google on it.
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JEATON

Tennessee, USA

pendulumsts.com
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cmg

I used a MedX leg press for the first time today. I went to an small town in Indiana on business and had time to get in a NTF workout. To my suprise it was the best set of machines I have seen. The MedX leg press was by far the best I've ever used.

The range of motion cannot be beaten and the machine has more weight on it than I could handle. I wanted just a pumping workout however I could tell now that my legs will be very sore (especially my butt) tomorrow.

Regards,

Ron
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