The Body Solid GLPH1100 is a leg press and hack squat machine that provides complete support and safety when performing hack squats, leg presses, and even calf presses.
In our review we’ll guide you through the key design and safety features, in addition to the lower body workout options and customer feedback. This is to ensure you only buy the best leg press machine for your budget.
Together with squats and stiff legged deadlifts, the leg press is among the top 3 strength and mass building exercises you can perform for your lower body.
Although the Body Solid GLPH1100 takes up a little more space than standard squat racks due to its length, the width has been kept as slim as possible to help make up for this.
Compared to squats and stiff legged deadlifts, leg presses usually require a much higher level of resistance to train your quads and hamstrings to failure.
With more weight on the sled, this makes it important to check the range of safety features available to prevent possible injury.
Before you even start your set in the leg press, the angle of the back support can be adjusted to prevent any discomfort when lowering the weight towards your upper body.
Aside from the back support adjustment, the 2 main safety features are the design of the sled and the rotating handrail on either side of the tracks.
A bar attached to the base of the weight sled frame prevents it from moving below a certain position, while the side rails hold the weight securely in place until you are ready to workout.
You can then press against the footplate, rotate the rails towards you and begin your set.
Body Solid GLPH1100 – Features Summary
- Body-Solid’s Exclusive Lifetime, In-Home Warranty Provides 100% Coverage for Every Part, Including Normal Wear Items
- Quad Track Roller System Operates Smoothly and Distributes Weight Evenly
- Both Back Pads Utilize a Quick Flip-and-Lock Mechanism
- Extra Heavy-Duty 2″ x 4″ 11-Gauge Steel Mainframe Minimizes Torsional Flex for Maximum Strength and Stability
- Capacity of 1,000 lbs
Hack squats and calf raises
As well as providing additional support for the leg press, this also adjusts the angle of the footplate for when you choose to use the Body Solid GLPH1100 for hack squats.
Switching between the two exercises is extremely quick and simple. The back support can be lifted out of the way using a pivot point near the head section, with the sled footplate folded away to form a back support for your hack squats.
As well as the folded out (seen in the photo) and folded away positions (for hack squats), the footplate attached to the main sled can also be set at a 45 degree angle for including calf presses in your workouts.
As with any piece of fitness or weightlifting equipment, it can be difficult to find a useful range of customer reviews.
Amazon was where we found the most reviews in one place, as well as the highest number of machines in stock. From each company that stocked the Body Solid GLPH1100, they also offered free shipping.
After reading through each of the reviews, we found the following pros and cons were the points most relevant to the actual quality of the product and its ease of assembly.
- High quality construction
- Quick and simple to switch between the leg press and hack squat options
- Excellent protection for lower back compared to standard free weight back squats
- Smaller footprint than similar machines
- Works all lower body muscles effectively, including calves, quads, and hamstrings
- Assembly instructions are a little unclear which can add to the assembly time
- To make full use of the 800 lb+ weight limit, 100 lb weight plates need to be purchased to have space to fit 4 on each weight plate peg