The metabolic effect

10.73 Benefits from the squat and deadlift do not come merely from the localized muscular work, as important as that is. ^ere is a metabolic effect that helps increase the body's overall growth potential. ^is effect is produced by only a very select few exercises, among which is the leg press, though its metabolic effect is less than that from the squat and Trap Bar deadlift if the latter two exercises can be done safely and intensively.

10.74 Here is how Jan Dellinger explained the metabolic effect in his article on the leg press in hardgainer issue #38:

^e effect on the cardiorespiratory system is an indicator of the value of an exercise. In my case, I noted that heavy, all-out sets of leg presses (especially those for reps of 8-20) got me significantly more breathless and rubber legged than squats under the same conditions. Of course, deadlifts for high reps was the ultimate self-torture with a barbell.

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Proponents of the squat rave on about its metabolic activation properties, and how this triggers growth. If I reach a higher state of stimulation with the leg press (or deadlift) doesn't this render the alternate exercises to squats better for me? ^e metabolic activation is what's supposed to trigger the body's gaining mechanism. ^e point is what gets the job done more efficiently. Due to unfavorable leverage (and, later on, injury) I could never reach the poundage in the squat to match the higher level of stimulation reached with the leg press or deadlift. Which exercise, then, should I focus on most of the time? What's wrong with propitious individualism?

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