Enter the weight used in the leg press machine to estimate the equivalent squat weight. This calculator helps in transitioning from leg press exercises to squats by providing an estimated squat weight based on the leg press weight.

Leg Press To Squat Conversion Formula

The following formula is used to estimate the equivalent squat weight from the leg press weight.



  • SW is the estimated Squat Weight (lbs)
  • LPW is the Leg Press Weight (lbs)
  • CF is the Conversion Factor (typically around 0.7 or 70%)

To estimate the equivalent squat weight, multiply the leg press weight by the conversion factor. The conversion factor is an approximation and may vary based on individual factors such as biomechanics, leg press machine angle, and personal strength levels.

What is the Leg Press To Squat Conversion?

The leg press to squat conversion is a method to estimate the amount of weight one might be able to squat based on the weight lifted on a leg press machine. Since the leg press and squat engage muscles differently and the leg press machine provides mechanical assistance, the weight lifted on a leg press is usually higher than what can be squatted. The conversion takes into account these differences to provide a starting point for squatting after training with leg presses.

How to Calculate Equivalent Squat Weight?

The following steps outline how to calculate the equivalent squat weight from the leg press weight.

  1. First, determine the weight used on the leg press machine (LPW) in pounds.
  2. Next, use the conversion factor (CF), which is typically around 0.7 or 70%.
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = SW = LPW * CF.
  4. Finally, calculate the estimated Squat Weight (SW) in pounds.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

Leg Press Weight (LPW) = 400 lbs

Conversion Factor (CF) = 0.7 (70%)