Dorian Yates had some of the biggest legs in the professional bodybuilding world and barbell squats had nothing to do with it!!!
Dorian Yates had a hip injury in 1986 which forced him to have surgery. He was never able to do barbell squats without hip and back pain from then on. He swapped out barbell squats for leg presses and hack squats/Smith squats.
So everyone that thinks barbell squats are the “King” for massive legs is mistaken. They are not necessary.
Here’s Dorian’s leg workout routine
Warm-Up (1 set)
Leg Extensions 25-30 reps
Leg Press/Smith Machine Squats 25-30 reps
Hack Squats 25-30 reps
Working Sets (2 sets)
Leg Extensions 12-15 reps
Leg Press/Smith Machine Squats 12-15 reps
Hack Squats 12-15 reps