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    What to do instead of squats?

    Well I'm doing rippetoe's starting strength right now and I was wondering what would be the best replacement workout for squats? I live too far from any gyms with racks and I won't have a rack of my own for a few months most likely.
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    How are you doing bench press if you don't have a rack?
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    I have a bench connected to a rack, but with the way it's set up I can't really get under it for the lift off and for reracking the weight.
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    For now you could sub the back squats for front squats, zercher squats, or hack squats. That also happens to be the order of preferred substitution too.
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    Leg Press son. I'm assuming you're still going to some gym but your gym doesn't have racks. Otherwise, SOL.
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    Originally Posted by RH08 View Post
    Otherwise, SOL.
    Hardly...
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    Originally Posted by Engineer_Guy View Post
    Hardly...
    I'd like to see him or you do a heavy 5x5 without a rack with any of the above mentioned squats using a BB. Have fun trying to clean as much as you squat as a BBer or however you want to get that weight into position without a rack.
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    just load a backpack up with weights, and squat with that. try to get around 100lbs in there
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    Originally Posted by Engineer_Guy View Post
    For now you could sub the back squats for front squats, zercher squats, or hack squats. That also happens to be the order of preferred substitution too.
    this

    Zercher squat (start from a rack or from the ground) are really cool. They hurt your arm, but if you roll a towel around the bar, it hurts a lot less. After squatting with 200 lbs in your arm, any girls seem like a feather haha.

    Hack squat work fine too.

    Of course, nothing is better than a real back squat. But zercher and hack squat could be a good substitute since its possible to lift quite heavy that way.
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    Originally Posted by Saintsqc View Post
    this

    Zercher squat (start from a rack or from the ground) are really cool. They hurt your arm, but if you roll a towel around the bar, it hurts a lot less. After squatting with 200 lbs in your arm, any girls seem like a feather haha.

    Hack squat work fine too.

    Of course, nothing is better than a real back squat. But zercher and hack squat could be a good substitute since its possible to lift quite heavy that way.
    dont wanna hijack the thread because that would be rude.. but am i right in thinking that zercher squats hit the upper outer sweep more?
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    Weighted pistol squats.

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    Thanks everyone, I've been doing zercher squats, but I really don't like them. Unless I'm doing something wrong they can hurt pretty bad and even with the towel they've torn my skin off... Maybe I should look for something padded to put around the bar.
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    Originally Posted by jimt91 View Post
    Thanks everyone, I've been doing zercher squats, but I really don't like them. Unless I'm doing something wrong they can hurt pretty bad and even with the towel they've torn my skin off... Maybe I should look for something padded to put around the bar.
    Power clean the weight up and then do front squats.

    Another possiblity would be hip belt squats http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_..._belt_squats_1
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    Originally Posted by RH08 View Post
    I'd like to see him or you do a heavy 5x5 without a rack with any of the above mentioned squats using a BB. Have fun trying to clean as much as you squat as a BBer or however you want to get that weight into position without a rack.
    First, my point was he's not completely SOL because he doesn't have access to a leg press...

    Second, SS is 3x5 not 5x5.

    Lastly he said he has a bench press with stands connected to it. Likely he could use those to start a set of front or zercher squats. Hack squats begin from the floor so those are also a good option. Not only that but zercher squats can easily be started from the floor as well if he needed to do that.
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    Originally Posted by RH08 View Post
    I'd like to see him or you do a heavy 5x5 without a rack with any of the above mentioned squats using a BB. Have fun trying to clean as much as you squat as a BBer or however you want to get that weight into position without a rack.
    I used to do heavy squats in my backyard with just a barbell. I worked out with my uncle and his friend, so we spotted each other. A person on each side. Closest gym would've taken hours to walk to (no car)
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