Can I hack squat instead of squat?
But hack squats can carve details where you want them. It’s a perfect lift (which is why we’re not using it to replace squats and lunges). But it is a useful one.
Why is it called Hack squat?
The name ‘Hack Squat’, comes from the German word ‘Hacke’ meaning ‘heel’, whether this is because the heels are elevated or because the heels would often be touching I’m not exactly sure. Hackenschmidt mentioned this in his “The Way To Live” book from 1941.