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Because the rails restrict the sled to a single degree of freedom, I would think not: loading the machine asymmetrically should not result in any noticeable change in the forces on the user or the effort needed to perform the exercise. This, of course, assumes that the friction of the sled on the rails is not significantly altered by the asymmetrical ...
Hip thrusts and glute bridges are glute (butt) specific. I suggest checking out Brett Contreras aka The Glute Guy for training advice based on both appearance and performance goals.
Only the squats are heavily focused on your glutes, the others are more focused on quads, which would explain your gains on legs but not glutes. How come you have to get the bar above your head to do squats? No squat rack or such? I'd recommend squats or lunges with dumbbells to increase weight if you don't have a squat rack. There are also exercises ...
What helped for me were two things: Go a little deeper on the squats (just below parallel). It tends to relieve the pressure on the knees. Take longer rests between sets. I used to rest about 30 sec. to 1 minute between sets, but after having some pain in my knees I took 2-3 minutes of rest between sets & noticed to experience less pain. And most ...
It could be joint fatigue from the repetitive movement. Without X-rays and a proper check it is hard to tell. I would try using knee wraps to keep the knee joint aligned. Check them out here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drsquat12.htm
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