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  1. Best Squat exercise


    What do yous guys think is the most effective form of squat?
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe


  2. Unless you have bad hips, stick with the king.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  3. agreed. you can move the most weight thus stimulate the most muscle fibers with a regular old squat.
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  4. x3 good ole fashion squatz.
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  5. One legged sqauts rape me way more

  6. Box Squat all the way. I think you forgot some variations though:
    Sponge bob squat
    Reverse band squat
    Safety bar squat
    Zercher squat
    Camber bar squat
    Overhead squat
    etc....

    Personally I think the most bad @ss squat is a camber bar squat onto a box, not only does it kill your legs but it fries your upper body too.
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  7. Box Squat below parrellel or to parrellel FTW.

  8. normal squats...ATF baby!

  9. Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    What do yous guys think is the most effective form of squat?
    Regular back squat, ass to grass is the best...no questions asked.

    Two ways that i have tried making my squats more intense are doing 20 Rep Squats or, after doing a set of 10 squats, keeping the bar on my back, i bring my feet together (touching) and do 10 quarter squats only engaging the quads. i was skeptical of quarter squats at first, but doing them right after a set of A to G squats is pretty ligit

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Pemmican View Post
    Regular back squat, ass to grass is the best...no questions asked.

    Two ways that i have tried making my squats more intense are doing 20 Rep Squats or, after doing a set of 10 squats, keeping the bar on my back, i bring my feet together (touching) and do 10 quarter squats only engaging the quads. i was skeptical of quarter squats at first, but doing them right after a set of A to G squats is pretty ligit
    There's always my 3 set quad WO:
    Set of 6-10 reps of front squat immediately into back squats to failure. Rest 3 minutes and repeat. Keep a trash can and O2 tank close.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  11. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    There's always my 3 set quad WO:
    Set of 6-10 reps of front squat immediately into back squats to failure. Rest 3 minutes and repeat. Keep a trash can and O2 tank close.
    Compound set with the squats, that's horrendous.
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  12. souns like torture! I like it
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  13. Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    Compound set with the squats, that's horrendous.
    That was during my highest times of masochism...or when I was pressed for time. Back in the day, I had thighs/glutes that put 99% of people to shame, but those days have been over for a few years now.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  14. i still like front squats more. Feels like it works more. Plus you look super cool doing it!
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  15. Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    i still like front squats more. Feels like it works more. Plus you look super cool doing it!
    i feel like front squats put more stress directly on the quads just from the position of the weight, and how it makes you maintain a very upright back position. either way, front or back, its a sick (and occasionally twisted) exercise

  16. amen. front squats work great on the ''teardrop''
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  17. Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    What do yous guys think is the most effective form of squat?
    Most effective for what? Total lower-body strength, aesthetics, etc...?

  18. dont read into it so much. just the most effective all around
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  19. That's not reading into it deep at all.. IMO, that's a vital piece of information if one is going to answer the question.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    i still like front squats more. Feels like it works more. Plus you look super cool doing it!
    i am too retarded to do them...i can only do them on a smith machine. i think its cause i like grabbing the bar all the way out. i think imma start working on fronts just for ****s and giggles!

  21. I used to absolutely hate front squats..

    made myself do them...

    now I like them lots!

  22. yep, i love front squats. Drills my quad and the inner sweep. I do like regular back squats, but they hit more outer sweep and back/glute area more. I go back and forth. One week=front squats, next week=back squats, etc. maybe even throw in a 20rep DC style. God that is so f'in painful.

    Quote Originally Posted by ozarkaBRAND View Post
    I used to absolutely hate front squats..

    made myself do them...

    now I like them lots!

  23. Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    i still like front squats more. Feels like it works more. Plus you look super cool doing it!

    Good to see the front squat getting some love. I do them to a box. Nothing I've done to this point has given me the same quad pump. I started doing them because my rear squat form sucks. I always tweak my back. Front squats are good because you cant screw up the form...if you do you'll dump it.

    I agree you look really cool doing them too. I do them cross armed for that added coolness. Chicks come and ask about them too which alone is a damn fine reason to do them.


    Do front squats and all your wildest dreams will come true

  24. Single-leg squats

  25. not bad... doing single legs suck!
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  26. i dont understand the masochism behind zercher squats...it hurts just thinking about them

  27. yeah it does..... and i thought front squats were uncomfortable
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  28. Definately box squats. Wide legged, box squats, tap and go. Try doin 4 sets of 25, it'l fry ya

  29. What is wrong with standard back squats.....shoulder width....below parallel (which few do). Slow and controlled on the negative and 3-4 sets of 5-10reps. If you do these correctly and controlled, there is no need for extravagant stuff IMO.



    Quote Originally Posted by Brian5225 View Post
    Definately box squats. Wide legged, box squats, tap and go. Try doin 4 sets of 25, it'l fry ya

  30. Quote Originally Posted by msucurt View Post
    What is wrong with standard back squats.....shoulder width....below parallel (which few do). Slow and controlled on the negative and 3-4 sets of 5-10reps. If you do these correctly and controlled, there is no need for extravagant stuff IMO.
    There is nothing wrong with standard squat. Why so serious?
    Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. -Rippetoe

  31. This thread should have ended after rodja's answer on the 1st page.

  32. definitely the standard squat is awesome for stimulating quad growth make sure you go ass to ground cause most people i see that do them only move up and down a total of a foot. also you can do a closer stance to focus more on quads and wider stance for your glutes and hams. But overall I feel they are the best

  33. Well personally, my body responds well to 4 sets of 25. At least when I'm trying to get conditioned before a new powerlifting program. Just my personal opinion, and it works for my application (size and strength).

    Quote Originally Posted by msucurt View Post
    What is wrong with standard back squats.....shoulder width....below parallel (which few do). Slow and controlled on the negative and 3-4 sets of 5-10reps. If you do these correctly and controlled, there is no need for extravagant stuff IMO.

  34. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    That was during my highest times of masochism...or when I was pressed for time. Back in the day, I had thighs/glutes that put 99% of people to shame, but those days have been over for a few years now.
    how many men have you shamed with your ass? haha

    Guys is there anything wrong with using a foam pad on the bar? I'm quite tall, and putting it on my back is pretty uncomfortable for me.

    I usually get a foam pad and put it behind my neck. I've been squatting like this for a while now and i find it easier to go ass to grass like this.

    Thanks

  35. I used a foam pad for most of my lifting till about a year ago. The first two weeks of squatting without a pad were very painful, and I got bruised. But now there's no pain at all! My body just kind of adapted.

  36. What was your reason for stopping the use of pads?

  37. everyone at my gym calls those pads that go on the bars maxi pads. I personally dont use the pad cause overtime your back starts to form rougher skin and a dent i guess you could call it where the bar constantly is. But if it feels more comfortable then i guess more power to you

  38. dude you make it sound like i'll turn into some demented lizard man :P

    I've tried it without pads but i couldn't rest it against my neck because it was too painful and digging into that bone at the base of my neck. It I put it against my back then I have to bend forward heaps because i'm not sure how to keep it against my back. Then i think more about keeping the bar there then squatting.

    Sigh

  39. I quit using a pad because my powerlifting team doesn't use it.
    And you'd be surprised, if you keep the bar just below your neck, you actually get used to it, no pain, and completely stable, especially if you have traps that stick out at least slightly so it can rest on them for stability...

  40. Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    i still like front squats more. Feels like it works more. Plus you look super cool doing it!
    snake eyes...
  

  
 

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