Zercher Squats are one of the many cruel and unusual exercises developed by Californian strongman Ed Zercher (pictured here doing an unsupported leg press) these are done with the bar resting in the crook of your arms, rather than above the back (if you’re still not quite sure how they’re done, take a look at the BioMechanics Lab site). Unusual, but highly effective – both as a way to improve standard squat technique and to hit the upper quads.
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