Hi there, the gym I attend does not have a squat rack. Do you guys think smith machine squats are the next best thing or should I engage in a different exercise?
Also, when I do my straight-legged deadlifts I feel some tension in my lower back (right at the erector spinae muscles), is this a good thing or bad thing with straight legged DL's?
Forever Goal: Strength
Weightlifting sucks. I just like to lift heavy things.
It is possible to do squats without a squat rack.
You will need two friends to lift the bar off the floor and put it on ur shoulders.
When u have finished the set u have the option to drop the bar or get ur buddies to lift it off.
You could do single leg squats with dumbells.
My gym has none either, conventional squats ae not the only way to build your legs, dont worry, you can do zerchers, lunges, box step ups, deadlifts, leg press.
If you are training more for strength than size, and would like to train towards being a powerlifter, then i think you might want a squatrack. but its not the end of the world.
Hmm a gym that does not have a squat rack... i'm really new to this but.. damn...
Front squat - Power clean it up into postition
Hack squat - You can start off of the ground anyway
Zercher - You can get it into place off of a bench press rack or something
Lunges - Use dumbells
Over Head Squat - Again, power clean it up
If you can't power clean that much don't sweat it. Front squats are a lot harder so you'd use a lot less weight. And over head... well the bar is plenty for me, haha.
No. That is dangerous. Stability becomes a problem. All it would take is one little slip or stumble and you are on your way to the dentists. I suppose you could hang on to a support with one hand but then you are creating uneven torque on the body.
To the OP: Deadlifts and DB lunges should work your legs nearly as well as a squat.
Last edited by Songsangnim; 05-21-2007 at 05:03 AM.
Clean till its shiny.
Being a strong teenager means nothing.
My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.
Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.