Exercise Selection -hack squats and leg press favorite machines

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    Bryan Hildebrand
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    Hi Joe,

    I’m a bit of a machine nerd, and geek out a bit on new and old equipment I’ve trained on over the years.

    Could you share some of your favorites?

    Hack Squat?

    I’ve trained on the Icarian, FLEX, Cybex, Arsenal, and Polaris.   Arsenal seems to bottom out early.  I tend to like the old Icarian and the platform angle.

    Leg Press?

    Cybex Squat Press, Nautilus Xpload Leg Press, Aresnal Reloaded Lineal leg press, Precor Icarian  45 Degree Plate Loaded Linear Leg Press, Others?

    Thanks,

    Bryan

    #19616
    Joe
    Keymaster

    Hi Joe,

    I’m a bit of a machine nerd, and geek out a bit on new and old equipment I’ve trained on over the years.

    Could you share some of your favorites?

    Hack Squat?

    I’ve trained on the Icarian, FLEX, Cybex, Arsenal, and Polaris.   Arsenal seems to bottom out early.  I tend to like the old Icarian and the platform angle.

    Leg Press?

    Cybex Squat Press, Nautilus Xpload Leg Press, Aresnal Reloaded Lineal leg press, Precor Icarian  45 Degree Plate Loaded Linear Leg Press, Others?

    Thanks,

    Bryan

    Sounds like we’re on the same page. For hacks the Icarian/Precor is my all time favorite. (I got the Arsenal for Dave’s gym because it fits him best, and by adding pads to the shoulders pads it’s an easy “hack” (see what I did there), to prevent bottoming out. I’d say the Flex or Cybex hack are my next favorites. For leg press, yes, Cybex squat press is my favorite. (I’ve probably bought 5 of these between my self and gyms I’ve worked at the past 10 years ????). And for a linear leg press, I’d go with Cybex as well still. Their OG sled.

    #19953
    Bryan Hildebrand
    Participant

    Awesome.  Thanks Joe.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  With alot of the gyms starting to go under due to Covid, I’ve been on a bit of a buying spree and picked up some great commercial pieces for my home gym.  I feel a bit like I’m Mike Wolfe on “American Pickers”.  There are definitely some gems out there!

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