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Weight Training Question:
I have a question about the hack squat. The Arnold Schwarzenegger
bodybuilding book I have at home says that my feet should be together,
toes pointed out and that I should go past parallel on the hack
squats. The hack squat exercise demonstration on your site looks
like a regular machine squat. Am I doing this exercise incorrectly?
I also read that the hack squat can be performed with a narrow
or a wide stance. Where does the narrow stance versus the wider
stance concentrate the weight then? Is there a different effect
through the quadriceps? I'm just really starting to take my weight
lifting seriously and I've been focusing on back squats, lunges
and leg curls as my primary leg exercises right now. I also include
deadlifts and leg press in my workout rotation once in a while.
Weight Training Answer:
There are a few versions of the hack squat. You can use the
machine or do a free weight hack squat. You can also use a combination
of a few different techniques to see which one feels the best for
you. Some people don't like the narrow stance position and others
really feel the narrow stance really hits their quads. It really
comes down to your personal preference.
The narrow stance should isolate the front quads more and really
work on the "teardrop" area of the quads. The wider stance
will involve more of the glutes and will allow you to go deeper.
Give both a shot and see which one feels the best.
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