Thanks Robert, I'm fighting a tough mental battle with leg days lately. I've maxed out the Vertical Seated Leg Press at 405 for 10 reps the last few weeks and it is mentally and physically exhausting for every set. I don't feel the strength progress very much anymore. I've moved the chair as close as possible to the foot platform (actually there is one pin hole remaining) so I can get a deeper press and my knees are almost touching my chest. I don't know how this compares to horizontal leg sled weight comparisons as I never did either of the leg presses consistently in the past. So when I read about you doing 7,8, and 900 lbs horizontal leg presses for reps I get a little demotivated and wonder if this vertical seated leg press is more difficult or my legs are just that weak? Any opinions out there?
I was strictly squatting and lunging before. Now its Vertical Seated Leg Press and Dumbbell Lunges.
Anyways, I feel like I'm stuck at 405 every week, even though I can't add anymore weight, I thought I would be able to increase in reps, but no luck. By the third and fourth set of 405 for 10, I'm having to get "super pumped" to push it out. I think my last rep on the leg press today was all mental, I couldn't feel my legs, I just kept telling myself push!, push!, push!, push! and it sloooooowly locked out. Its taking every ounce of energy to get out the last few reps.
I'm trying to think of ways to help motivate myself, one idea I thought of... bringing in pics of guys with monster legs and taping a different pic in-between my feet for each set. Pics like this of Tom Platz:
Anyone else have some motivational strategies or pump up techniques that they would like to share? I open to anything... slaps in the face, kicks to the groin... wait... scratch that last one...