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Bodycraft F660 Leg Press and Hack Squat Machine

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The Bodycraft F660 Leg Press and Hack Squat machine has been designed to be as compact as possible, while still supporting an impressive 1000 lb weight capacity.

Our review looks at the exercise options this leg press machine can add to your leg workouts, as well as some of the unique features that set this machine apart from other leg press and hack squat designs.

Design features

Whether you’re just starting your first fitness program or have been lifting weights for years, the leg press will probably be the machine where you can lift the most weight.

With a weight capacity of 1000 lbs, it’s important that this weight can be lifted safely, in a way that doesn’t cause unnecessary pressure on your lower back and through a natural range of motion.

This is why one of the main focuses in the design of the Bodycraft F660 has been on adjustability.

Adjustable settings for 4 different exercises
Being a hack squat and leg press in the same machine, the adjustable angle of the leg press back support also doubles as the foot plate for the hack squat.

That’s why it’s important to be able to quickly adjust its angle, as a position that’s perfect for leg presses, may feel uncomfortable for hack squats.

Where most commercial rated leg press machines offer only 3 exercises (leg press, hack squat, calf raise), the Bodycraft F660 also supports Donkey Calf Raises.

This is the only leg press machine we’ve seen that includes this exercise, which is made possible through the inclusion of a Donkey Calf Raise pad that slots into the main hack squat plate.

If you’ve ever experienced lower back pain when leg pressing or squatting, this allows you to press the weight against your lower lumbar, relieving spinal compression and keeping your lower back well protected.

Bodycraft F660 – Features Summary

  • Adjustable shoulder pads allow for a wide range of user heights. This also allows us to make the machine smaller than most
  • Fully adjustable foot plate for any desired angle
  • Foot plate also folds out of the way for Hack Squats
  • Industrial grade linear bearings. Plastic wheels tend to flatten over time. Linear bearings never flatten, or wear out
  • Lifetime warranty

Small footprint
The padded shoulder pads for the hack squat are also height adjustable. This has been done to cater for different user heights, without having to extend the length of the frame.

Weight capacity

Bodycraft F660 Leg Press and Hip Sled

At 1000 lbs, this is pretty much the level of strength we would expect from a machine at this price point.

If you were to make a quick product comparison, you would also find that the leg press from Body Solid and the model from XMark Fitness also supported the same capacity.

However, if you aren’t sure whether 1000 lbs would provide enough of a challenge, then the Yukon Fitness model does support up to 1800 lbs for around the same price.

The only difference is that it’s not as space efficient, doesn’t provide the same adjustability as the F660, and doesn’t offer the Donkey Squat / Calf Raise pad option.

Industrial grade linear bearings
Whichever exercise you choose to use the Bodycraft F660 for, it’s important that the weight sled moves along the rails smoothly.

If there’s any kind of additional resistance from the sled rubbing against the rails then this can only add extra weight to the press, making it difficult to measure your strength levels from week to week.

This is why Bodycraft only use industrial grade linear bearings. Unlike the alternative of plastic wheels, these will ensure a smooth and consistent movement for as long as you own the machine.

Lower body exercises

Two of the most effective exercises for lower body strength are the leg press and back squat.

Bodycraft F660 Leg Press and Hip Sled

But with space often limited in home gyms, a compact leg press will often be more practical than a full sized power cage and 7ft Olympic barbell.

Despite not providing the same freedom of motion as a free weight back squat, the Bodycraft F660 still offers a range of effective lower body exercise options.

Leg press – Once you’ve adjusted the back support to the correct angle, this is the exercise where you can expect to move the most weight.

Depth and range of motion will generally depend on your specific body type, but it’s generally recommended that you avoid rounding of the lower back as the weight sled moves towards you.

This exercise helps to develop your entire lower body, including quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and hip flexors.

Hack squats – Generally considered a much safer exercise than back squats, the hack squat can be performed both facing towards and away from the weight sled.

When facing away from the sled, you’ll be targetting more of your quads and hip flexors. Facing towards the sled, the focus switches to your glutes and hamstrings.

Standing calf raises – Despite its simplicity, this is often an exercise that’s difficult to perform correctly.

This is why Bodycraft included the calf raise pad to position your upper body in the most effective position for targetting your calves.

A 2″ x 3″ calf block is also provided that attaches to the hack squat foot plate to allow a full stretch and contraction of the calf muscles for complete muscular development.

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Review Overview

Overall Review Rating

4.5 / 5

At first glance the Bodycraft F660 may seem similar in design to many of the other leg press machines available for home gyms.

But after taking into account the adjustable hack squat shoulder pads, Donkey Calf Raise pad, calf raise block, and extra set of handles attached to the leg press seat, it's clear there are some major improvements.

The adjustable angle of the foot plates / back support also helps to create a more natural range of movement, reducing the risk of injury and improving your form on each of the main exercises.

Like most leg press machines, the F660 doesn't provide you with weight plate storage, so a weight plate tree or rack would be a useful addition if you want to keep your plates organized.

Product dimensions: 39" (W) x 79" (L) x 50" (H) Weight capacity: 1000 lbs

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