George G wrote:
Why do you need a machine to do hack squats. Just a barbell would do. Am I misunderstanding something?
The barbell hack squat
is a forgotten exercise these days. Most people automatically think of the sled variety
My form is good and I can go fairly heavy, but the excercise always feel akward, even on my lightest warmup sets.
Is the awkwardness based on a sense of losing your balance, or not feeling the exercise in your target muscles?
I'm tall (6' 6") with long legs and have some flexibility challenges, so squatting has never been my favorite exercise. But for building up the legs, it has no peer. I've found that the front squat is an acceptable substitute which doesn't cause me to worry about my balance. Also, I have done squatting with dumbells. In both instances, though, the amout of weight that I use is much less than that for a back squat