Hack Squat Substitution

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    Nik Savic
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    Hi team!

    Are there any decent substitutions for hack squat machine as my gym doesnt have one? I would like to preserve fatigue/time/effort, so I would like to have as efficient exercise as possible so I don’t have to do multiple exercises for quads. Thanks

    #15500
    BryceBahm
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    At its roots, a hack squat is just a quad dominant squat. This gives you a lot of options if your thinking about the purpose of the exercise which is to load the quads in a stretched position.

    Consider a quad dominant free weight squat variation. Maybe a quad dominant split squat or Bulgarian split squat variation. These are both easy to set up. The only downfall is you lose the stability the hack offers. But, you gain the freedom of movement for your joints right to left which is a plus.

    #15536
    Joe
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    Hi team!

    Are there any decent substitutions for hack squat machine as my gym doesnt have one? I would like to preserve fatigue//effort, so I would like to have as efficient exercise as possible so I don’t have to do multiple exercises for quads. Thanks

    I would say pendulum squat is just as good. Doubtful your gym has one if it doesn’t have a hack though. Also, to add to Bryce’s reply, different “v squat” machines and the smith are also good options

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