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Can cable squats replace barbell squat as a staple in my routine?

by Ash Jordan on September 15, 2021
cable squats

Cable squats are one of the most popular exercises in any gym. This exercise is great for working your glutes, quads and hamstrings which eliminates that feeling you get when doing traditional body weight squats. It also helps to work on stability and balance without putting too much pressure on your knees or lower back. You can even do this with a barbell if you want to add some extra weight for more resistance! 

If you're looking for an awesome way to tone up, strengthen and shape your legs then give cable squats a try!

How To Do A Cable Squat

1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold the cable machine bar in front of you, arms extended

2. Bend your hips back as if you were about to sit on a chair 

3. Keep your upper body straight and bend at the knees until your thighs are parallel with the floor, then return to starting position

4. Repeat for desired number of repetitions or set length of time

5. Make sure not to lean forward or arch backwards during this exercise; it will put too much pressure on your spine 

6. Try using lighter weight than usual so that you can focus more on form than strength, but don't go too light because doing so can cause injury!

 

barbell squat

How To Do A Barbell Squat

1. Place a barbell on the ground in front of you

2. Grip the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart and keep your back straight

3. Take a step back, bend your knees, and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor

4. Push up with your legs to return to an upright position

5. Repeat for desired number of reps or time interval 

6. Make sure not to let the weight touch the ground between repetitions (this will increase intensity)

Which Is Better: Free Weights Or The Cables? 

Free weights are always better for building core strength and stability because they force your core muscles to work harder. Cable machines, on the other hand, are more ideal for muscle isolation. You can't completely isolate a muscle group with free weights but cables allow you to place more focus on one muscle at a time so you get a nice even workout. So there is no right answer! Both of these tools have their benefits and drawbacks so it's best to incorporate both into your workout routine!

Try doing cable squats early in your training session when you're still fresh or after an intense leg day if you want some recovery time from all that high intensity plyometric type exercises. As long as you keep good form and watch your weight then this exercise should leave you feeling great! Good luck and get to squatting!

Common Squatting Mistakes And How To Fix Them.

There are several common squatting mistakes that you should keep in mind while trying to perfect your form. Learning how to do a squat correctly can be tricky at first, so use these tips to help you avoid making the most common mistakes!

- Don't let your knees extend past your toes - This is one of the most common mistakes bodybuilders make when doing squats. Make sure you don't allow your knee joints to get past your toes throughout the entire range of motion for this exercise. Speaking of which...

- Keep good posture - It's important that you maintain proper posture during squats because it allows you to target all major muscle groups and lift more weight. Maintain core stability by keeping good core posture with an arched back and tight core muscles. Also – keep your core tight! Squeeze the core tightly before every rep during squats to help you maintain good core posture.

 

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