what are some opinions on hack squats in gaining size and strength in the legs as compared to regular squats.... I have been doing hacks and leg presses to try and add some size
nothing beats regular barbell squats below parallel, nothing
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
Im assuming you mean machine hacks, but if not, BB hack squats performed on a platform are just as effective as regular squats.
yes I did mean machine hacks... sorry I guess I am unfamiliar with the other kind
You can do front squats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
been looking for something to replace machine hacks. they hurt my knees so much it's ridiculous.
you will like these then.Originally Posted by Beelzebub
Akward at first but you get the hang easily enough.
i'm sure some jackass will tell me i'm doing deadlifts incorrectly. just like i'm going too low on squats.
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.
Couldnt agree more. Variety is the key.Originally Posted by az2u
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