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    Question Hammer Strength V-Squat vs. regular 45 degree Hack Squat Machine?

    Joined a new gym, and it doesn't have a hack squat machine, which I typically used on my 2nd (non squat) leg workouts weekly.

    It does have two Hammer Strength V-Squat machines; one plate loaded and the other has a stack (MTS).

    What are the similarities/differences between these two exercises (hack squat vs V-squat)?

    Haven't tried it yet but I thought I might tomorrow. Looks like the V-squat might allow some back involvement in the lift whereas the traditional hack slide machine does not.

    Anyone have experience or knowledge of both?

    Thanks in advance.

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    PS: I normally do hack slides with a narrow stance and feet out front.
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    Joined a new gym, and it doesn't have a hack squat machine, which I typically used on my 2nd (non squat) leg workouts weekly.

    It does have two Hammer Strength V-Squat machines; one plate loaded and the other has a stack (MTS).

    What are the similarities/differences between these two exercises (hack squat vs V-squat)?

    Haven't tried it yet but I thought I might tomorrow. Looks like the V-squat might allow some back involvement in the lift whereas the traditional hack slide machine does not.

    Anyone have experience or knowledge of both?

    Thanks in advance.

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    PS: I normally do hack slides with a narrow stance and feet out front.
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    Originally Posted by DegreeZ View Post
    no longer @ milcreek?
    Sort of....

    Same street, different gym.

    Just joined last week and haven't changed my profile yet.

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    I prefer my v-squat machine over my hack squat machine. Both hit the quads well, but i am more comfortable int he v-squat.

    I treat the v-squat as my heavy quad move though, where was hack squat I've only been able to use as a move that is placed later in my workouts. I've never been able to go real heavy on it.
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    Originally Posted by chazzy1864 View Post
    I've never been able to go real heavy on it.
    Hurt your knees? That was my biggest issue with the hack slides. I was doing 450 for 6 reps, but killed my knees.

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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    Hurt your knees? That was my biggest issue with the hack slides. I was doing 450 for 6 reps, but killed my knees.

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    Naw. To be honest I never gave it a ton of time in the gym. I'd use it occasionally, but I just couldn't get it down well to where i was comfortable on it and could really start progressing. I'm not blaming the equipment, just itw asn't a move I really enjoyed, so it didn't get a lot of play time in the gym.
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    Sort of....

    Same street, different gym.

    Just joined last week and haven't changed my profile yet.

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    just do back squats and front squats.

    both of those machines machines suck compared to the former, but you probably won't notice a difference in there effects.
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    Originally Posted by DegreeZ View Post
    oh no! not mcfit =P
    NOT mcfit. LMAO.

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    Originally Posted by LegosInMyEgos View Post
    just do back squats and front squats.

    both of those machines machines suck compared to the former, but you probably won't notice a difference in there effects.
    I do back squats on my first leg day.

    Never liked front squats.

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    I've never had the opportunity to use a V-Squat, Jim, but after looking at the vid on Life Fitness' site, I don't see much difference between it and the garden-variety Hack. The only real mechanical difference I see is that the V pivots in a slight arc, as opposed to most Hack Machines running on straight linear shafts. The arc may assist your knee issue; time will tell.

    A good machine, IMO; if I had one, I'd wear it out.
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    I've never had the opportunity to use a V-Squat, Jim, but after looking at the vid on Life Fitness' site, I don't see much difference between it and the garden-variety Hack. The only real mechanical difference I see is that the V pivots in a slight arc, as opposed to most Hack Machines running on straight linear shafts. The arc may assist your knee issue; time will tell.

    A good machine, IMO; if I had one, I'd wear it out.
    Thanks for the input, Bill.

    Deads & Legs tomorrow; I think I'll give it a try.

    If I like it maybe I'll alternate between that and leg press on my 2nd leg day. I really like the HS leg press at this club too.



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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    Thanks for the input, Bill.

    Deads & Legs tomorrow; I think I'll give it a try.

    If I like it maybe I'll alternate between that and leg press on my 2nd leg day. I really like the HS leg press at this club too.



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