For those of you that are gym members, you know that there are several leg machines available for use in most gyms. One of them is the hack squat machine. I tried this yesterday and only did a few reps because I was doing it all wrong. I could feel it in my knees and I know that is not where I should have been feeling it.
The gym was really hectic last night because I went around 6 pm (which is prime time for most people) so I didn’t have anyone to ask how to properly use the machine. I decided to find a tutorial about it online and realized just what my mistakes were. First off, I was pushing with my toes and locking my knees. Just when you think you have good form it’s a good idea to reevaluate and make sure you are doing an exercise correctly.
As with any piece of gym equipment, ask a professional how to properly use it to help avoid the risk of injury – particularly with the hack squat machine as you can injure your lower back if done incorrectly.
I will try the hack squat again now that I see what my mistakes were. Check out the video below:
Hack Squat Machine Demonstration