Squat Rack VS Hack Squat Machine

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    Jan 09, 2007 6:57 PM GMT
    So I am a fan of the Hack Squate Machine - the one where you load the 45 lb weights - not managed by a cable. But I have always wondered what the major difference would be if I used the squat rack instead. Obviously I will be doing considerably less weight - I have had the hack squat up to 520 total (a lot of weight for a 5"11 180lb guy lol)...plus I have heard (and seen) some horror stories of guys not using the squat rack properly.

    Any advice?

    I mean does the Squat rack really provide better gains?

    Thanks again!
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    Apr 03, 2007 10:00 PM GMT
    I had stopped doing free weight squats because my reptile brain would freak out from the precarious feeling of the exercise, and I couldn't get past it. Recently, however, my gym acquired a Manta Ray barbell pad, and that thing has allowed me to go back to doing free weight squats. The Mantaray does away with the strain and diverted attention of keeping the bar correctly placed, and it lets me focus completely on doing the squats. That simple piece of plastic is damn near miraculous.
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    May 19, 2007 4:18 PM GMT
    I agree with the trainer. Hack squats are very hard on the knees. The only good hack squats I have seen are the ones that allow the hips to push back (keeping the knees behind the toes. Squats are one of the best overall exercises for overall body development (behind deadlifts). Get parallel, use good form, don't rush or bounce the movement. If the back is sore or injured, use the leg press and leg extension machines. Use the Smith Machine if the back is not too bad.

    Little John