What’s the point? A hack squat is great for building strength in the legs, especially if you’re a beginner to the squat. The angled machine has you in a standing position, safely supporting the weight while you rely on your legs to drive the movement.
Although both the hack squat and the traditional barbell squat focus on the quads, there are some differences.
A barbell squat is usually performed in a rack with a barbell loaded onto the shoulders behind the head. The movement is perpendicular to the ground.
There isn’t any assistance from a machine in terms of stabilization — like there would be with a hack squat — so the barbell squat requires the upper body, hips, and core to do more work.
This usually means you’ll be able to lift less than you would on the hack squat machine.