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Old 12-08-2011, 05:06 AM   #21
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Plus the fact that keeping good form is 100 times safer as far as injuries go.. When you are pushing/pulling with good form.. You can give 110% and go at it.. Whereas when your form is slop, you are more likely to get hurt...
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One thing about the squat, apart from the cruddy matting at the gym which does not instil confidence since it has give in it, is that I hate the fact that the mirror is in front; it actually has the affect of putting me off my form, does anyone else get this at all?


I'm going to have to get a camera set-up at home so that I can check my squats from the side but a mirror in front throws me completely; it may be because I don't use a mirror at home.


As for the squat itself, I agree, I'm fine with the fact that I only do 46kg (I think) and have no issues with that at all. Safe progression is all that matters.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:11 AM   #23
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I agree...and stay out of the Chaos and Pain thread
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Huh I've been reading that thread but since I know nothing about it....
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Huh I've been reading that thread but since I know nothing about it....
I'm kidding. It's just that the C&P seems to be against slow progression and more in favor of forced progression.
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I'm kidding. It's just that the C&P seems to be against slow progression and more in favor of forced progression.
Oh, yeah I knew you were joshing around forced progression huh, not a great idea, in essence.
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Yes...not gaining?...Work harder.
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I'm certainly a fan of pushing yourself and seeing what you're capable of, as long as you have a good base of strength and also the right equipment or spotters. I have good mobility and a good base of strength and I also squat in a power rack with very solid safety bars, so if I feel like pushing myself and moving some serious weights then i feel confident that I won't have issues.
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Yep, working harder isn't always the answer, working smarter may be.

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I'm certainly a fan of pushing yourself and seeing what you're capable of, as long as you have a good base of strength and also the right equipment or spotters. I have good mobility and a good base of strength and I also squat in a power rack with very solid safety bars, so if I feel like pushing myself and moving some serious weights then i feel confident that I won't have issues.
I understand the "pushing" but that's not quite the same as "forcing"; I think we all push for progression, push a bit harder to get the next weightload up but if we're getting nowhere, sitting back to assess what's going on is sometimes the better option to just working harder; though, I am talking, more so, about those that have reached the upper end of their training where they may only get an extra few kilos/lbs on the bar a year and not the complete beginner that can afford to push harder for quite a while.
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I understand the "pushing" but that's not quite the same as "forcing"; I think we all push for progression, push a bit harder to get the next weightload up but if we're getting nowhere, sitting back to assess what's going on is sometimes the better option to just working harder; though, I am talking, more so, about those that have reached the upper end of their training where they may only get an extra few kilos/lbs on the bar a year and not the complete beginner that can afford to push harder for quite a while.
Definitely. I like to be flexible when I go to the gym. Last week I ended up setting a PR 1rm in dead lift on a day when I wasn't planning to go that heavy. I started warming up, everything felt right, and next thing I know I'm standing with 30 more pounds in my hands than ever before.

This weekend I'm going to try for a PR 1rm in squat. If I go in and start warming up and don't feel it, I won't force it. Sometimes you have to give your body a chance to catch up with what you're doing.
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