I was wondering if anybody could give me some advice on squats vs.using a hack squat? I am 37 years old and just recently started training again down in my basement.I am still interested in putting on muscle and know the importance of squats and dead lifts.
The problem however [other than maybe me being a pussy]is that I had back surgery many years ago and have a steel rod fused to my spine. I do squats but is very uncomfortable for my back to the point where I’m not going as heavy as I can.
The question I have is can I expect almost the same benefit if I were to go heavy on a hack squat?
While on this topic I have the same question concerning doing stiff-leg deads as opposed to regular dead lifts?
I appreciate if anybody has any advice on this. Thanks…