Do you want a way to build amazing quads, strong glutes, and powerful hamstrings, all without squatting or putting your spine at risk? Read on to see what we thought of the leg press/hack squat machine and if we think it has a place in your home gym.
The body-solid leg press/hack squat machine is a combination of two popular pieces of gym equipment that are used to train your lower body, the leg press machine, and the hack squat machine.
Both machines can be used as an alternative to squatting or alongside it, and they are often viewed as a much better way of developing your legs as it is safer than squatting with bad form whilst also giving you the ability to go heavy, without needing a spotter, allowing you train alone without the same risks you would face when squatting.
The body-solid leg press/hack squat machine combines the benefits of both machines into one, easy to use exercise option, which gives you the perfect opportunity to build bigger, stronger and more defined leg muscles from the comfort of your home.
In this review, we will take a look at the body-solid machine and see if it has what it takes to be the go-to lower-body option for you and your home gym.
What we liked
When it comes to our favorite features we actually have two.
The fact that the back pads come with a quick flip and lock mechanism is certainly something we appreciate as it gives you the chance to move between exercises with ease, saving you time and energy unlike in a normal gym.
We also loved the three lockout positions, which make stopping and starting the lift at the right level for you, much easier to manage. Not all machines have as many positions, which can make them more dangerous to use, we're happy to see that the body-solid leg press/hack squat machine doesn’t have this problem.
What we didn’t like
The body-solid machine claims that it can support up to 1000lbs of weight although we would like to see slightly longer bars, to actually support that much weight. If you’re using standard 45lb weight plates, you may struggle to fit all of the plates onto the bar, meaning you end up just below 1000lbs.
We would also like to see an option to purchase this machine with weights. You’re going to need some Olympic weight plates so it would make more sense to simply have them available when you purchase this machine.
This machine does exactly what you would expect and it’s certainly one we would recommend. Both exercises offer a great alternative to squatting or indeed are good options to use in a full lower body workout program to supplement your squats and offer a different way to train the leg muscles, with more safety and control.
The weight limit is great for the majority of people out there and the heavy-duty build and design will allow you to feel in complete control when using this machine.
Whether you want to add an extra dimension to your lower body workouts or you want an option that allows for great lower body development, whilst also offering safety, support, and control, the body-solid Leg Press/Hack Squat machine is a fantastic option for anyone out there.