It is not going to replace squat.
You can see which muscles the squat hits here and leg press here.
You see, in the squat you use other muscles as well like your erector spinae, obliques and abs. These muscles are used for stabilization.
I would also argue that depending on your squat technique the leg press will hit different leg muscles with different ...
Continuing to switch plans constantly will not allow for optimal gains. Pick a program and stick with it.
Eat more. If you have only gained a small amount in that time you are not eating enough to support optimal strength gain. You should, as a beginner, put on at least a pound or more per week and consuming proper amount of macro nutrients. This level of ...
Please consider quitting seated leg presses and other machine-based movements. These can bias your exertion toward quad-dominance, which may exacerbate imbalances in forces in your knees.
Instead, do low-bar back squats to proper depth (which is not maximum/"ass-to-grass" depth). Squats will strengthen both your posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes) and ...
I would take it easy, or do different exercises, until the pain goes away. If it persists, then I would go see the doctor. The impact from running can aggravate neck injuries. Stick to lower body exercises and no impact exercises for a week and see how you feel. If you are ready to re-introduce upper body strength exercises then, start with exercises where ...
No, the knees should not be locked out.* See caveat.
The two primary reasons:
Once the knees are locked all the weight is transferred directly to the joint, which can be disasterous
Not locking out increases the time under tension.
With appropriate loading and a controlled lift the risk of injury is relatively low.
There's two aspects: the joint ...
(Obviously, if your physio has told you anything that contradicts what I say here, go with their advice).
Two questions to start:
Are you dumbbell benching with the same grip you would barbell bench with?
Do you NEED to bench press?
If the answer to 1 is yes, then try with a parallel grip, reducing the angle of your arms in relation to your torso, this ...
If your goal is simply to achieve the ability to do a bunch of push ups, you should attack it with volume (in other words, you gotta do a lot of push ups to do a lotta push ups).
Spread out the load throughout the day. Here's how I would take it if my max rep range was 5:
First, make sure that the five you can do are strict push ups with proper form (as ...
Am I just being impatient?
Well, to be strong, you need to eat more than you usual do (caloric surplus). It also takes time to become stronger, so long you are able to progress in weights / reps / sets, that will make you stronger.
With that said, it could be possible that your form is incorrect.
For example :-
This is the incorrect form. Notice he is ...
Sorry to answer my own question. Berin Loritsch gave a great answer. It turned out I had a pretty serious mobility problem in my lats and upper back.
Taking Berin's advice, I circled back and addressed the problem a few years ago. My elbows would flare out whenever I tried to press overhead. When switched to using a PVC pipe and pressing with the form ...