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    Quote Originally Posted by natedogg
    I used a squat rack today and the only way I could do heavier squats without my knees hurting was with wraps. Are using wraps detrimental to leg development? I had a wide stance, made sure not to allow my knees to go past my toes and went to parallel as best I could. I really tried to focus on form. I'd rather do free weight squats as opposed to smith squats, but I don't want to **** my knees up doing it. Suggestions, comments?
    wrap those puppies up and wrap em tight. you really shouldnt be able to bend your knee without weight on your back if you wrap them right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Basso
    Sumter, are you in SC also?
    If you really want some good squat tips http://www.elitefitnesssystems.com/ has several articles on squats. Dave Tate has one in there somewhere on basic form. Most are Powerlifting specific but you have to figure if a guy a can squat a truck he must know how to squat.
    Greenville here. Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyfromkop2
    wrap those puppies up and wrap em tight. you really shouldnt be able to bend your knee without weight on your back if you wrap them right.
    I love using the wraps. Just wanted to make sure it wouldn't hinder my leg development any. I don't care about PLing numbers, but I figure if you can squat a lot, your legs have to be big.

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    Deep squats can be done a little safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anadrol75
    Deep squats can be done a little safer.
    with a smith rack or wraps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyfromkop2
    with a smith rack or wraps?
    Hopefully not both!!

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    I'm in Greenville also. Oh sorry, with a Smith. But that is just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anadrol75
    Deep squats can be done a little safer.
    This is were I think alot of you are moving into dangerous ground. The reason I don't like the Smith is because it is inherently more dangerous. Deep squats are probably the best example, when you are lifting a squat up the bar is fixed, it cannot move forward or rearward. When let's say you get a little leaned over or one knee falls in, etc your body will try to adjust and compensate with other muscle groups to take up the slack. In the Smith your out of luck, your knee gives way or your back, etc.

    The Smith has it's uses, heavy lifting in a Smith is dumb and dangerous. But please go ahead and stay in the Smith, that way I know the Power Rack will always be free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anadrol75
    I'm in Greenville also. Oh sorry, with a Smith. But that is just my opinion.
    Cool man. I work out at the new gym on Pelham Rd, Peak Fitness. Had worked out at Gold's/World Gym and Powerhouse before that though.

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    No ****! I work out at Peak Fitness. I hit it in the a.m. after work.

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    Heh, small world. I usually work out with the wife in the PM after she gets off.

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    I honestly think I could do almost every workout on it
    I know some like it, some dont,.. but I dont have a lifting partner, and spots are spontanious,... and when Im ready for a set, Im ready for a set. I can also load more weight on then I would normally do because I dont have to balance. Great for blasting platoues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtraflossy
    I can also load more weight on then I would normally do because I dont have to balance. Great for blasting platoues!
    not to sound like an ass, but that's like saying you can ride a yamaha r-2 at 120mphs with training wheels.

    and why wouldnt you want to train your stabalizers at the same time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basso
    But please go ahead and stay in the Smith, that way I know the Power Rack will always be free.
    i'm with you on this one

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