The gyms I have easy and consistent access to either don’t have barbells & squat racks available or they only have smith machines. In general, all I have access to will be dumbbells maxing out at <100lbs each and a pile of plates that I can string together using ropes and such (I’ve started trying that some but need to find a less slippery rope and significantly improve my grip strength).
After reading the various articles here, I’m thinking I should be avoiding using the smith machines as much as possible but that leaves me with severely limited options for heavy leg lifts.
I already do deadlifts, but they really don’t seem to strengthen the back in the same way a squat does (maybe I’m just wrong here).
I’ve been doing Chad Waterbury’s Triple Total Training over the last year or so and had excellent results with it so I’d be most likely to modify it for whatever I need to do.
The full posterior chain activation that you get from the squat is really what I’m looking to be able to duplicate, advice and suggestions are much appreciated.
Ps. “get a new gym” is not an option.