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Muscles Used


  • Hold your trunk tight and keep your back straight
  • Make sure your feet are in an even position
  • Lower the stack so your legs flex to at least 90°
  • Push up so your legs almost fully extend
  • Optional - Place your hands on your knees to provide assistance when pressing

Muscles involved

  • Gluteus maximus
  • Rectus femoris
  • Vastus lateralis
  • Vastus medialis
  • Vastus intermedius
  • Adductor magnus
  • Biceps femoris
  • Semitendinosus
  • Semimembranosus
— Phil @ 11:58 pm, August 13, 2006

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  1. […] The four day workout I wrote about used a minimum of machines. Most of the equipment involved was a pair of dumbbells. I did this on purpose because I wanted to make sure that even folks without access to a gym could use this workout routine. However, it’s very easy to adapt this routine to use more machines. Take a look at the exercise encyclopedia on Cooper’s Guns. You can see that just about every exercise on the 4 day workout has a counterpart that uses machines. For example, instead of squats you can do the upright leg press which exercises the exact same muscles. Proponents of free weights will tell you that using machines is less beneficial since it doesn’t involve stabilizing muscles but then again, free weights are slightly more injury prone. In general, I’m ambivalent about this whole machines versus free weights thing. Use whatever feels right to you and feel free to modify my four day workout using machine based exercises. An alternative source to Cooper’s Guns is exrx, which also has a variety of exercise possibilities. […]

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