15 Hack Squat Alternatives
Now you know what a hack squat is and how it works your body. So it’s time to jump into some hack squat alternative exercises.
To make this list easier to digest, I’ve broken it up into sections based on the type of equipment needed. This segmentation also allows you to jump to a particular section based on your gym equipment.
Hack Squat Alternatives with a Barbell
The barbell is probably the most versatile equipment for training your lower body. And there are several hack squat alternatives that you can do with it.
1. Barbell Hack Squat
This exercise looks more like a deadlift than a squat. Another distinguishing feature is that you start with the bar behind your legs.
Step back so your calves touch the bar and bend down to grab it with an overhand grip. Then, stand up by extending your knees while keeping your back straight.
While this does put a little more load on your quads, your back still tilts forward like a traditional squat. So I’m not fond of this variation as much as others on this list.