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Trap Bar as a Hack Squat Movement

Hello , what do you guys think .

I want to use the trap bar to really target my quads .

so i wear shoes with elevated heels or putting 1inch plates under the heels .

torso really upright , knee’s travel a bit forward just at toe level .

should i really need to worry about buttwink /tuck under ?

since there is no spinal compression like in barbell squats .

i want to perform this movement on a little platform to just get a 90° angle.

didn’t find any video’s on the internet who performs the trap bar deadlift like a hack bar squat .

thx in advanxe

Trap bar deadlifts can be used to target the quads, especially if you start with hips low and the torso fairly upright. For more ROM, use the low handles.

Whether or not a little butt wink is bad is something where opinions vary. However, I’m not quite sure why you think trap bar deadlifts don’t have spinal compression. The spinal stress is less than with a barbell deadlift because the load is more centered. But it isn’t zero.

thx for the reply .

but to place emphesis on the quads , the knees should travel forward

am i correct ?

sorry for the bad english though its not my first language

[quote]mascotte wrote:
but to place emphesis on the quads , the knees should travel forward

am i correct ? [/quote]
Yes and no. Letting the knees travel forward might increase the quad work, but you’re also increasing stress on the knee joint.

You could do heels-elevated trap bar squats, but to emphasize the quads, I’d do “one and a half” reps. Basically go halfway up, then back down, then all the way up to lockout. That would make one full rep. (You could also try flipping it, doing all the way up, halfway down, and back up. See which seems more difficult, and stick with it.)

thx for the reply , i agree with you that it puts alot of stress on the knee’s . especially when i am doing very heavy sets of 3 with this, at the end i can feel it in my knees .

i will try the one and a half rep system :), like you explained i totally understand that i will give alot of stimulus to the quads .

[quote]mascotte wrote:
Hello , what do you guys think .

I want to use the trap bar to really target my quads .

so i wear shoes with elevated heels or putting 1inch plates under the heels .

torso really upright , knee’s travel a bit forward just at toe level .

should i really need to worry about buttwink /tuck under ?

since there is no spinal compression like in barbell squats .

i want to perform this movement on a little platform to just get a 90�° angle.

didn’t find any video’s on the internet who performs the trap bar deadlift like a hack bar squat .

thx in advanxe [/quote]

I DON’T have any technical advice about the trap bar squats. I bought a trap bar so I could start going heavy again on leg days.
I blew some disk out in my upper back squatting when I was younger and have never been able to load a decent enough amount of weight to the squat bar…even moving up in ridiculously small increments over time I would end up hurting myself with puny poundages
So…I ended up experimenting with trap bar squats
LUV’d it for years
My new fav exercise for legs now is front squats
NO issues with this exercise and I can pretty much max out if I want