Not every gym will have a hip loaded belted squat rack. This removes the stress of weight on your spine as present in a rear loaded squat and removes the limitation of how much weight you can hold in a front squat.
Variation: Stand on two benches or boxes in a “V” formation and hang a weight from a dip belt, or straddle a barbell placed in landmine. You can also attach a belt to a cable/pulley instead of using free weights.
- Place weight on dip belt around waist. Step up onto boxes or benches spaced apart; foot on each one. Arms can be extended forward throughout exercise.
- Squat down by bending knees and sitting hips back, keeping back straight and knees pointed same direction as feet. Descend until thighs are just past parallel to floor.
- Ascend by extending knees and hips until legs are straight.
- Return and repeat.
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