i always thought you were ment to push through your heels for proper form, and to hit your legs properly
whenever i push from the front of my foot moreso, i feel it doesnt hit my legs as well
the important thing is that you sit BACK in the squat. that is how the squat begins, with a rearward release of the hips, not a forward break of the knees
if you do that, you have to be on the heels
agreed,knees out and sit back.
I DO have a sh*t knee and ATG is much, much more comfortable for me.Originally Posted by Lean One
i never learned properly and went about 3/4 of the way down, then started over and went parallel, or very close to it, and in the last 6 weeks have started breaking parallel, i cant go any higher than 315 without wraps, im sure it's just because my teams program is squatting 3 times a week, and over winter break i never took a break from squatting, so they just feel old and sore when i go high with no wraps, i definitely feel like im working harder going all the way down now, i used to be a WIDE stance, my feet were almost touching the squat rack's base, granted im 6'3" with long legs, but still, anyway now i hardly stand wider than shoulder length and go until I feel my hips drop, and without a doubt I'm working much harder, I couldn't do very much if I wasn't using wraps, which i suggest to anybody finding trouble
The sled as good as normal squats for building bulk?Originally Posted by Pirate
Olympic style then ass to the grass. If its more powerlifting type squat mechanics, then parallel. If you squat med-wide then when you site back, unless you have freakishly flexiable hips then your back will round after you hit parallel. Good Luck
lol, people need to look at post dates to see that a thread is 2years old before they bring it back up.
when you guys say paralell you mean so that it looks like your sitting in an invisble chair right?
ass to ankles
You gotta bury it bro. Every pro I've ever trained with or asked this question too has said the same thing, "YOU GOTTA BURY IT!!!" It's much harder and when transitioning from what I like to call the "modern" squat, to a real squat your weights will innevitably go down, but that's not because you're weaker, it's because you are now hitting all of the muscles you should be when you squat instead of just your a$$.
if you want more emphasis on the quads it's best to have a naarrow stance (roughly shoulder width) feet straight forward, and heals raised
A wider stance and the "sitting back" effect with heals flat will utilize the glutes and hamis to a greater extent, but will obviously still work the quads pretty well
just as long as your not one of those f*ck tards that loads up the bar and stands wide as **** with their feet pointed out at a 45 degree angle, and does little half squats
I have pretty much always gone ATG. Squatting actually seems harder to me when you only go parallel. I seem to have a lot of strength/spring loaded right out of the hole.
An inch below parallel, anything lower and im history...when i was 21 i did ATG but now that im over 30, i wouldnt dare try it...
Well, actually i did but now i know why i wouldnt try it again...
Depends on the day for me. Sometimes it feels better to go ATG. Sometimes I just go parallel or a tad past parallel. Also depends if I am doing wide stance, narrow stance, or front squats. I always go by feel on exercises. Sometimes I like to keep tension on a muscle so I don't lock out, sometimes I do lock out. You have to go with what yields results. I think that going ATG is optimal though. And easier on the knees, which is opposite of what many believe.
I have gained more strength in my legs going ATG for the past 4 months than i did going to parallel for the previous year.
I know this thread is old but today was the first time I had ever gone as low as my physiology allows -- well past parallel, to the point where my ass almost touches the floor..
I had to lower the weight cause I was weary about going so low, and I was using 5x5, so I just did 245 and it felt so good!
Case in point -- I found my new favorite exercise EVER -- holy **** do those feel amazing! If your knees can handle it I highly suggest giving them a shot..
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