- 03-13-2006, 12:09 AM
- 03-13-2006, 08:38 AM
nothing beats regular barbell squats below parallel, nothing
- 03-13-2006, 08:41 AM
I totally agree but since I do not have a rack... just wondered if you thought the hacks were my next best option or should I just do lighter free standing squats
03-13-2006, 04:43 PM
Im assuming you mean machine hacks, but if not, BB hack squats performed on a platform are just as effective as regular squats.
03-13-2006, 07:50 PM
yes I did mean machine hacks... sorry I guess I am unfamiliar with the other kind
03-13-2006, 07:58 PM
You can do front squats.
03-13-2006, 08:24 PM
03-13-2006, 09:02 PM
My legs respond better to hack squats than regular squats. Actually I do both exercises. High reps(15-20),heavy weight,and vary your feet positions. Straight leg deadlifts are great for hamstrings and inner thigh development.
03-13-2006, 09:27 PM
I find hack squats to be particularly effective in hitting the teardrop head of the quads. I typically use it as a finishing lift, never as the first lift in my quad workout. I only do BB hacks though, never machine hacks. It's definitely complementary to a regular squat, no way you could replace standard squats with hacks.
Leg presses, on the other hand, work basically the same muscles as a regular squat, but they don't recruit all the stabilizer muscles that are required for real squats.
03-14-2006, 04:51 AM
I do hack squats every other week. I like them b/c you can load on the weight and do TUT reps. No way can I do a 3 second negative on BB squats w/ any weight. Just doesn't feel right. Hacks also allow full emphasis on the upper legs.
03-14-2006, 07:17 AM
Agreed sir.Originally Posted by Beowulf
The emphasis on the tear drop is also quite nice. I bottom right out so I get FULL quad/ham involvement in the exercise.
03-14-2006, 08:32 AM
so that's what that is. my TP was trying to tell me about it one day, he described it as a backwards deadlift or some sh1t. might have to give that a whirl.Originally Posted by CDONDICI
03-14-2006, 08:34 AM
They be old school hacks that the golden boys of Iron used to do when thack machines weren't around.Originally Posted by Beelzebub
I prefer these. The teardrop just smokes with these ones.
03-14-2006, 08:37 AM
been looking for something to replace machine hacks. they hurt my knees so much it's ridiculous.
03-14-2006, 08:37 AM
you will like these then.Originally Posted by Beelzebub
Akward at first but you get the hang easily enough.
03-14-2006, 08:40 AM
i'm sure some jackass will tell me i'm doing deadlifts incorrectly. just like i'm going too low on squats.
03-14-2006, 08:40 AM
03-14-2006, 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by Beelzebub
They are a great change of pace, thye hit almost all of the same muscles as deads and squat, but in a slightly different way. I love doing them they are almost an equal to deads in my current routine.
03-14-2006, 01:54 PM
Couldnt agree more. Variety is the key.Originally Posted by az2u
03-14-2006, 08:28 PM
You might want to put some 5 or 10 lb. plates under your heels so you don't lose your balance and fall backwards. You'd look like a big, goofy demon if that happened, wouldn't ya'Originally Posted by Beelzebub
03-17-2006, 02:21 PM
barbell hacks are no joke, that's how i used to do them
03-21-2006, 11:36 PM
I remember from an old bb book i once read about hacksquats being great for shaping up the leg, especially for those that had "carrot" shaped legs. I implemented them in my routine and have noticed a difference. Of course, nothing beats the good ol' SQUAT.
03-22-2006, 05:16 AM
I had done barbell hacks before, but when I tried them again last week it seemed to put my back into a ridiculous position. The only way to get to the botton of the movement was to round my back ridiculously. I couldn't go above 135lbs b/c it felt so awkward, so my legs felt basically unphased by the exercise; my back, however, did not.
03-22-2006, 06:15 AM
same problem i had beo.
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