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The Hack-kyykkylaite, or Hack Squat machine, is a gym equipment designed to target the lower body, specifically the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. It allows users to perform squats with a back-supported frame, which helps maintain proper posture and reduces strain on the back and knees. The machine typically features a padded backrest and shoulder pads where users can load weight plates, allowing for resistance adjustments. The Hack Squat is ideal for building strength and muscle in the lower body while ensuring safety and stability during the exercise.


Learn How to Do Hack Squat

Main Muscle Worked: Quadriceps Other Muscles: Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings Equipment: Machine Mechanics Type: Compound Level: Beginner


9 Hack Squat Mistakes and How to Fix Them

9 Hack Squat Mistakes and How to Fix Them


This is such a great piece of equipment to use! Especially if your goal is to target Quads (or Glutes if used backwards!) and annihilate your lower body entirely!

Alternative Equipment and movement

  1. Leg Press Machine: A popular alternative, it targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes similarly to the hack squat. The leg press allows for heavy lifting with less strain on the back.

  2. Smith Machine Squats: The Smith machine provides stability and allows for squat variations that target the legs and lower back, similar to the hack squat.

  3. Vertical Leg Press: Unlike the more common angled leg press, the vertical press positions you underneath the weight load, which provides a different angle for targeting the legs and mimicking the hack squat movement.

  4. Sled Push: This exercise mimics the lower body and core engagement of the hack squat and is excellent for building power and conditioning.

  5. Barbell Squats: The classic barbell squat engages the entire lower body and core, providing a comprehensive alternative to the hack squat.

  6. Goblet Squats: Using a kettlebell or dumbbell, goblet squats are great for beginners and help improve squatting form while still targeting the leg muscles effectively.

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