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Old 09-23-2009, 06:12 PM   #1
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These days, it seems like everyone “already knows” how important squats are. And yet, it’s still incredibly rare to see anyone performing full squats in most gyms. And it’s even more rare to see someone working HARD with the barbell on their back. On some level, I get it. Hard work will never be popular. But everybody loves [...]

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I hate being reminded how important squats are in a workout. My damn back won't allow me to squat. Leg press and machine hack is all I can do.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:48 AM   #4
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I hate being reminded how important squats are in a workout. My damn back won't allow me to squat. Leg press and machine hack is all I can do.
Yeah bud...what's going on with your back?
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WATCH THIS VIDEO!!

The Video FitCast- Episode 6


Dan John is talking about squatting, and the proper position your body should be in, when in the down position.

SQUAT LIKE AN OLYMPIC LIFTER!

Notice the pictue of Arnold on the article. He is in the exact position that Dan is saying not to get into. Since I have started using a full Olympic squat I feel the move through all of my body.

You will probably need to reduce your current weights, because your bringing muscles into the move that have been isolated out when muscling yourself through them. Doing an olympic type move has really been working my glutes and making them stronger. Your glutes are a major power source for your lower body, use them!!

Lower your weights and stop wearing a belt. Let those muscles do the job they are supposed to be doing, and get them stronger. Wear a belt when your pushing for a max. How often do your really need to set a new max?

Is your waist going to get bigger from not wearing a belt? Maybe a little, but when you lose the fat on your gut the point is moot. You'll also build a solid wall of strong abs, abs your not going to get by doing crunches.

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I need to set a new max every week. Thats what its all about. Breaking Records.

As far as the belt. My abs are more sore after a squat or deadlift workout with a belt as opposed to an ab routine. Its due to expansion against the belt

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WATCH THIS VIDEO!!

The Video FitCast- Episode 6


Dan John is talking about squatting, and the proper position your body should be in, when in the down position.

SQUAT LIKE AN OLYMPIC LIFTER!

Notice the pictue of Arnold on the article. He is in the exact position that Dan is saying not to get into. Since I have started using a full Olympic squat I feel the move through all of my body.

You will probably need to reduce your current weights, because your bringing muscles into the move that have been isolated out when muscling yourself through them. Doing an olympic type move has really been working my glutes and making them stronger. Your glutes are a major power source for your lower body, use them!!

Lower your weights and stop wearing a belt. Let those muscles do the job they are supposed to be doing, and get them stronger. Wear a belt when your pushing for a max. How often do your really need to set a new max?

Is your waist going to get bigger from not wearing a belt? Maybe a little, but when you lose the fat on your gut the point is moot. You'll also build a solid wall of strong abs, abs your not going to get by doing crunches.

gotta run.
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Beam, why?

Have you tried front squats? Zercher Squats? DB Squat Jumps?

Now, if you have fused disks or vertebrae or anything as serious as that, I understand. But if it "just hurts" there are other options out there.

Hell, even if it is something serious as that, have you tried backwards sled drags? Those things will MURDER your quads.
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Hell, even if it is something serious as that, have you tried backwards sled drags? Those things will MURDER your quads.
I love backwards sled drags, I do not have a sled but I just drag weights on the grass so it works. Nothing blows up your legs like drags, awesome burn and pump.
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I'm not sure what happens but the last two times I did squats my lower back went into spaism. 135 good form and had to put in wheel chair the last time. I have what I call UPS back. That's what they did for me. I think I'm more scared to try them now. I have done alot of core work latly. They don't look so great but are strong as they have been for years. I've thought about smith squats maybe with the weight balanced I wouldn't have as much stress on my back
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I'm not sure what happens but the last two times I did squats my lower back went into spaism. 135 good form and had to put in wheel chair the last time. I have what I call UPS back. That's what they did for me. I think I'm more scared to try them now. I have done alot of core work latly. They don't look so great but are strong as they have been for years. I've thought about smith squats maybe with the weight balanced I wouldn't have as much stress on my back
If my back did that, I would stick to leg presses. I don't blame you one bit for avoiding them.
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