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    Hack Squat vs. Deadlift

    I just recently started doing hack squats, and I really like them. I'm finding that I have an easier time with heavy weights in a hack squat than I do with a traditional back squat.

    Is a hack squat more of a deadlift/back squat crossover exercise? In many ways it feels similar to a deadlift, but it does target the quads and can feel similar to a back squat as well.

    The reason I'm asking here is because I really want to know what the difference would be if one focused on hack squats over back squats. I don't mean to exclude back squats... say a 70/30% mix of hack squat/back squat.

    Hope this question makes sense... I'm new to hack squats and trying to figure how they fit into a routine vs. other exercises.

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    Are you talking about barbell hack squats or a hack squat machine?
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    Sorry... barbell hack squats, NOT machine hack squats.

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    Barbell Hack Squats are one of the hardest exercises for me. Crushes the lower back.

    But some advice... I found my body lined up better with the BB Hack Squat if i put my heels up on two plates that are lying on the floor behind me. I can balance out the awkward distribution of the weight and actually hit my legs much more efficiently.

    As far as nearly replacing Back squats with it.... Its not same load on the legs. I would use it interchangable with deadlifts rather than squats IMO.
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