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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Dood @ Aug. 27 2004,6:03)]However, as I said, I think the machine in the linked picture has another pulley, not in the picture, that gives a 2:1 advantage to the lifter, so that the 4:1 disadvantage on the leg press is needed to come up with the 2:1 ratio that they speak of for the leg press.
    Hi Dood,

    Thanks much for taking a second look at this problem. I absolutely agree with you that there must be another pulley that's not in the picture, which results in the overall 2:1 ratio.

    That's a very cool web site, by the way.
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    Cool page from a very very cool University
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    New Max set on this machine
    400Lbs my new 5 RM
    See the two pics



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    2nd Pic
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    how come u dont go to a gym dkm?
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    WTF?

    Piss off corrupting this thread, KL, you've just won yourself "most stoopid question of the year"
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (kid largo @ Oct. 05 2004,9:30)]how come u dont go to a gym dkm?
    Well, I don't need to.

    Dark_Master, have you perfected or worked on your ideas at all. If so I would love to see them. I probably will be changing the set up on this machine and get the weights behind me, my wife actually sits behind me, she's there to call 911 in case the thing collapses, but so far it seems sturdy but with the weight constantly increasing it is getting a little scary so I am sure I'll change it. I'll repost the new pics when I'm done.
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    dkm-

    I too have been very creative with piping to modify or create exercise equipment. I've been happy with a lot of my "experiments."

    But when it comes to a leg press, leverage or otherwise, it is usually going to be more of a hip/glute/hamstring movement that allows one to move massive amounts of weight with little focus on the quads.

    For years I have played games with every leg press, squat, safety squat, selectorized horizontal leg press, hack squat, leg extension movement trying to find the best quad exercise. Barbell squatting has always been difficult for me because of forward lean and lower back stress. I have a short torso and long legs.

    For me the best solution I've found is the trap/shrug bar "squatlift" with heels elevated and rock bottom range of motion. http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...BDeadlift.html

    Now I know many lifters will denounce the idea of elevated heels with a rock bottom range of motion because of the stress on the knees. But for me, the exercise does not allow my hips and glutes to start the movement. My quads must do all of the work to get out of the bottom position. That being said I can't lift a tremendous amount of weight, which spares the stress to my knees. Not to mention there is no stress on my lower back. And the tension on the quads is constant with no shift to hips or glutes. And raising my heels on a 2x4 eliminates most forward lean.

    It also allows for the training of the quads with one of HST's principals of having the muscle loaded in the bottom stretched position. Most of the quad exercises out there are not going to give the same degree of stretch to the quad. (The leg press might, but with tons of weight it will stretch ones lower back in an extreme fashion.)

    If you want to hit the glutes do hyper extensions, ham glute raises, or good mornings. For hamstrings leg curls or straight legged deadlifts.

    If I were you I'd seriously consider a trap/shrug bar cage. They're fairly cheap to buy, but given your skills with piping and wood you could easily build your own custom unit. It would require less weight to load and would be a lot simpler, smoother, space efficient, and safer than your homemade leg press. You could also incorporate chains as mentioned earlier in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (lestat02852 @ Oct. 06 2004,2:48)]
    Thanks for the input. I still want to hit the glutes, I already do leg curls, I've tried GM's, Lunges, 1 Leg Squats, I will still use a leg Press of some sort simply because I can, but as I pointed to in another thread I am seriously thinking of DL, and yes with a trap bar most likely.
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    Ah, alas not, DKm, I'm into squats... However I did convert my old York bench into a seated calf raise machine: To coin a phrase "the end comes off," and is replaced by a chest-pad. This is used during seated rowing and acts kinda like a "spider" row. (I'll post pics sooon)
    As for havin' the old Moiety in attendance, why not get her to stroke your thighs whilst she's there... Then have her place her hands upon your traps/delts, and while you're leg pressing, she whispers in your ear to "relax your traps" - trust me it'll work...
    Right as for the ol' trap bar - cheap to make & good to use... esp. after I modified my homemade one to incorporate both 1" and 2.5" grips, nice.

    400lb leg press - we'll have to look into some Glute-ham raise machine designs...

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