I went to visit a gym I’m thinking of joining and was pleasantly surprised to find that they have a hack squat machine.
I’ve never seen one before as I’ve seen the barbell hack squat demonstrated before, the machine didn’t look how I imagined it to be.
It is set at 45 degrees and you align your shoulders under the pads and it would seem that you basically squat. I looked up a demo of it on exrx.net and that seemed to show it off ok.
I’d like to ask this question - in a barbell hack squat the barbell is lifted vertically, but on the hack squat machine it seems you are squatting at 45 degrees - is the effect on the quads the same either way you do the hack squats, and which of the two would you prefer you use (in the same whay that you might decide to do high barbell squats as opposed to Smith machine squats).
Cheers ta, Ian