First, my goal of this exercise is to fully lengthen the quads, and bias them. Trying to max full knee flexion the best I can.
Question involving a heel elevated Smith squat on a Smith machine that travels at at an angle. I am at an understanding that facing “backwards” in the machine is better for quad bias. I did it backwards today and really felt a difference, but I am having a hard time fully visualizing why that is for some reason (moment arms and such). Is there any clarification you can provide? Is there some sort of resultant occurring? My nerd side needs to know. Or Joe, if you want, maybe a video with your sick drawings.
Secondly, given the angle, is an elevation while facing backwards even necessary? It looks like it creates a similar issue with a hack squat that has a platform that is too slanted downwards, making it seems as if you’re trying to not slip out of the machine. I did not feel that in my sets, but it looked like that, which made me curious: is elevation needed with “backwards” Smith machine squats?