Squats or Leg Press?

THIS OR THAT WITH JESSENIA VICE – takes two highly debated fitness topics and compares them to determine the best solution for maximizing your bodybuilding lifestyle. The best part? We let you decide the winner to be announced by Jessenia the following week. We raise the facts, you choose the champion. New episodes every Thursday!

Squats are one of the “big three” classic exercises that are used by almost all fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts. It’s so important, in fact, that many might look at you strange if you don’t include it into your workout regimen. But for those who don’t like doing the classic squat – there is the leg press machine to help you out. But is one better than the other? This week Jessenia Vice breaks down the squat and the leg press and then YOU decide which is best in the gym. Watch our This Or That episode above!



  1. leg press is for lazy people I see them all the time in the gym lay on the machine do a set then play with their phones for 5 min and do another set, then you see the hardcore guys by the squat rack going beast mode.

  2. I mix up my routine. I’ll do squats one time the my next leg day it’ll be leg press. My knees are shot so I have to be really careful but legs need to get done.

  3. Isolate… Squat is the king of all exercises, but the press allows for more weight with better range. The press wins for mass building. Safety with super heavy weight is also a plus

    • Paul Gabler The squat recruits stablisers much more than the leg press, they make up a large portion of your legs. The squat is the best mass builder. To try and minimize the work your leg stabalisers do will not build massive legs, detailed legs for sure. If you are able to squat heavy, I say do so until your core becomes the limiting factor, then throw in the machines.

    • Travis yes they exercise more parts of your body but studies suggest leg press is a better hypertrophy exercise than squats. I am not saying leave squats out, but for leg development do not underestimate the power and effectiveness of the leg press

  4. Im a huge fan of the squat, but this depends on ones goals, also depends on ones limb lengths, and leverages. If able both exercises done for different Rep ranges is probably best bet

  5. I loved squats until my scoliosis caught up with me in my mid 30s. I am 42 now and cannot squat anything heavier than 225 or it will cause huge muscle pulls in my mid back. I can do high reps with that and feel like it is cardio, so my heavy exercise is leg presses. I actually miss being able to squat


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