Do squats work the hamstrings as much as the quads? The reason why I ask is because, with what I have available to me now, I am only able to do squats, lunges, leg extensions, and leg curls. As of now, I have been doing a leg workout routine which consists of squats, leg extensions, and leg curls. I usually do an extra set or 2 more on the leg curls than the leg extensions because I've been assuming that squats work the quads more than hamstrings, but is this so? Should throw lunges into my leg day?
10-20-2005, 12:19 AM #1
Do squats work the hamstrings as much as the quads?
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shoulder width or slightly wider making sure you go deep and you will hit the glutes/hams good.
Also if you have a bar for squats you can do all the different deadlift variations and also good mornings which are all good for the posterior chain."Leave the pump in the bedroom and add some damn weight to the bar" - Dave Tate
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10-20-2005, 11:38 AM #11
The back squat sits "back" a LOT more than the front squat, and when you sit back you recruit the glutes and the hams to provide balance. On the front squat your back has to remain much straighter, otherwise the bar will roll right off of your shoulders, and as a result your quads and inner thighs are forced to handle more of the weight.
This is not to say that the squat isn't a good exercise for the quads. They're both great. One simply demands more from the quads than the other.
And if you have an o-bar, you can do a TON of exercises for your hams--SLDLs, good mornings, romanian deads, etc.
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10-20-2005, 01:42 PM #13
Depends on the style of the squat you're doing, bodybuilding squats are meant to work the quads mostly, while powerlifter/olympic lifter squats are more targetting the hams and glutes. The lower the bar placement on your back and the more upright you are and making sure your upper legs, not your knees move, you'll be targetting the hams and glutes.'Prior to the Department of Education, there was no illiteracy'