Hack or V-Squat

Written by Coryn Littler

January 2, 2020

Gym Exercises

The V Squat, or as it is more commonly called, the Hack Squat, is a great way to mix up leg training day. This movement is also good for those wanting to practice getting into a good squat position before moving to the unassisted Back Squat.

Learn how to perform this great thigh and hip exercise with the team at Fitness Institute!

Machine: Hammer Strength V-Squat or Hack Squat

Starting weight:   24.5kg (54lbs)

To being, place shoulders underneath pads and place feet shoulder width apart (Figure 1). Press up, taking the weight of the machine and pulling the safety lever up.

From here, slowly bend the knees, lowering to the bottom of the squat (don’t allow the knees to travel in front of the toes).

Thighs should be roughly parallel to the floor (Figure 2).

Extend the knees with good control to return to starting position.

Remember to seek the advice of your fitness trainer, medical and/or allied health professionals, if you are new to exercise or have an injury or medical condition to consider.

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