Squats and Deads widen the waist???
- 07-15-2010, 07:10 PM
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07-15-2010, 07:32 PM
07-15-2010, 07:34 PM
07-16-2010, 12:51 AM
I've seen a drastic change in my mid section from squats and deads. My abs are so thick that I never do direct ab work because I do not want to make them any larger. From age 16 I was 31"-32" inch.. Somewhere in between to age 27 I've grown to a 34". I don't even think I can get it back down to the 31" ever again. I'd litteraly have to force myself into catabolism. They work! Now genetics will play a role in how it develops though!
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07-16-2010, 05:42 AM
it depends on gentics and frequency.. I use to deadlift and not squat and not do alot of ab work or no good mornings.. I still had a "bodybuilder" type body. I started squatting, doing ab work and back raises, good mornings, rack pulls etc. and now i got big thick abs when i sit down my abs stack ontop of each other like obeese peoples fat rolls would..
It depends heavily on gentics. for example jim wendler lifts raw and blogs on elitefts.com he has the big waist and powerlifter look. Christan mello also powerlifts but has a bodybuilder type body because of genetics.
07-17-2010, 04:46 PM
Seems the jury is sitting middle of the road on this one. Ill hunt down the article and post it... Maybe those more knowledgeable than me will have a better opinion then.
07-21-2010, 08:01 PM
its heavy abs and obliques work.. so they will grow and if you don't usually train abs/obliques that much they will grow quickly. Then if you have such genetics they will get big or bulky. i wouldnt worry about it too much though, the lifts are well worht it
07-28-2010, 11:46 PM
07-28-2010, 11:54 PM
07-29-2010, 04:45 PM
07-29-2010, 04:50 PM
07-29-2010, 04:53 PM
It wasn't actually tiny, it just appeared tiny cuz he was so huge..
Bench - 355
Squat - 405
Deadlift - 600
07-29-2010, 04:55 PM
07-29-2010, 04:56 PM
Now this guy, Brian Buchanan....has a tiny waist lol.
07-29-2010, 05:00 PM
07-29-2010, 05:09 PM
07-29-2010, 07:32 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if squats widen the waist. My waist grew pretty fast after starting heavy squats but then again I was doing no core or ab work with it and bulking. I'm a 34 right now.
I think heavy squats + no core work + bulking = definitely wider waist IME. But not a fatter waist--just wider.
Never done deads.
07-31-2010, 01:14 AM
One simple way to test it: Try it for 6 week. If you think, it makes you look wider. don't do it.
It is as simple as that.
07-31-2010, 01:21 AM
07-31-2010, 08:51 AM
07-31-2010, 09:23 AM
The more heavy lifting you do, when it comes to lifts like squats and deads and such, your 'trunk' will grow.....given that you are increasing the weight that you are doing.
Look at a lot of PLers and strongmen. They core/trunk grows out of necessity. Now these are extreme examples cuz these guys are pushing some major weight. So if you are doing moderate amount of weight, then theres a chance that you're trunk area will not grow much. Once you start squatting in the 400's for reps, and DLing 500's for reps, your core/trunk area will be forced to grow.
07-31-2010, 11:17 AM
07-31-2010, 04:27 PM
Here is a good example fellas. I threw on a pair of jeans today that I haven't worn in 2 years. They're beat up jeans and I decided to use them for going out in the desert to shoot this morning. They were falling off my ass. Funny considering that I didn't start doing deads or squats until about 1.5 years ago because of back issues. Frankly, all my jeans are loose on me these days and I squat and dead like a raped ape.
07-31-2010, 05:28 PM
Stabilizing muscles along the midsection are prone to develop when doing exercises like squats, deadlifts, and other exercises involving core stability.
As gamer2be has soapboxed, it's usually not going to be significant. But a single testimony can sometimes ingore a series of variables.
If you are truly concerned about maintaining a certain shoulder-to-waist ratio, I would recommend using a lifting belt or smith machine. The thick leather material of the lifting belt eases core stability, by re-distributing the load onto your hips. Smith machines have virtually no lateral movement, so the work needed to maintain stability is taken by the rails which the bar runs along.
07-31-2010, 05:37 PM
How much muscle mass is along you wasitline? As long as your legs and upper torso get thicker i don't know why you would lose a small waist appearance, even if you did grow a little bit.
07-31-2010, 06:10 PM
08-05-2010, 12:05 AM
08-07-2010, 09:30 PM
They don't widen the waist enough for most people to worry about it. If you're deadlifting under...say... 400 or so, I wouldn't lose any sleep over this at all. The guys I've seen with thick waists from sq/dl are all pulling 6+ and eating like it matters.
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