- 01-13-2013, 01:31 AM
Is there a "wrong way" to do squats? I mean my coach taught me to go down "like your taking a **** in the forest" and to keep ur back straight, to go low till your thighs r paralel with the ground, and to feel the burn. I was working out with my cousin the other day and he did squats by going down with a smaller ROM than me and sticking his ass out like a freakin stripper working a pole LOLOL. When he saw me squat he said I'm doing it all wrong.
Am I doing it wrong? I mean I figure if u keep your back straight so u dont hurt it and actually feel it in your quads than u r all good, right?
- 01-13-2013, 02:55 AM
Sounds like u are doing it right. Everybody's body is different but sounds like your friend is going to have a bad back when he gets older.
- 01-13-2013, 12:20 PM
Without watching a vid it is difficult to critiqueAlways open light. Itís not what you open with, itís what you finish with. Louie Simmons
01-13-2013, 12:29 PM
this is impossible to critique by imagintion lol. idk how far he "sticks his ass out" but im sure you do as well to some degree, you just dont notice
01-13-2013, 12:39 PM
01-13-2013, 12:46 PM
there's a difference in how Olympians squat and how powerlifters squat. Your cousin probably initiates the squat with the hips first (stripper style as you call it) as it allows you to use more hamstring and glute instead of relying on your quads and keeps your knees from traveling in front of your toes
01-14-2013, 12:30 AM
Next time we do legs day ill take some videos of each of us. Hopefully u guys can help out
But I did notice that as I get closer to my rm I can't drop down Paralel. At that Point am I going to heavy or is that normal?
And another off-topic question. Is squatting or leg-press better? I mean I can leg press somewhere around double my squat, so wouldn't it be better? Or am I missing something? At the school gym we had a leg press setup, but we never used it during wrestling and soccer conditioning, only squats. So I figure squatting is better, but why?
01-14-2013, 12:34 AM
century old agument. both really good exercises, but i think sqats are gonna get the win for most people here. i put clients on leg pressing though because squats are just too hard for beginners to understand and bad form = injury. leg press wins for obese, older people with arthritis, preg women, people on blood pressure meds, newbies, diabeticsOriginally Posted by yazan
01-14-2013, 10:42 AM
I would use the squat as my first and best compound movement and the leg press as the finishing movement. I also would lighten the weight with the squat so going to paralell is the goal.
Always open light. Itís not what you open with, itís what you finish with. Louie Simmons
01-14-2013, 05:58 PM
over the years i have seen many studies done over this. i am sure they were those little bits at the front of muscular development. one thing i noticed consistently is when people did leg press they got better at the leg press and not the squat. squatters got better at both.
my thought is, does it help you reach your goals. i mean, for example an athlete. when is he on his back and pressing large amounts of weight up in the air while following a fixed path without the capacity for any variation in movement. and are you trying to only strengthen the legs or strengthen the body.
you can call me "ozzie" for short.
01-14-2013, 06:06 PM
Incorporates the entire thighs and hips and is much more applicable to life. Many weaknesses in the kinetic chain can be exposed via squats and making small adjustments in technique and assistance lifts can pay dividends.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-14-2013, 07:40 PM
I don't think anyone mentioned how great the squat is for the entire body. It'll strengthen your core, keeping tight activates many muscles outside of the legs and you're getting better muscle activation due to the unstable nature of free weights and the stabilization it takes to keep everything in check. With proper form, I would say the squat is the best exercise that exists. Period.
As for the differences between squatting and leg pressing, I think Ozzy said it best. Build the squat and your hams, glutes, back, everything will get stronger, in addition to your quads. Train the leg press and it's unlikely you'll see such comprehensive improvement due to the fixed plane motion of most leg press machines.
Do them both! But squat first.
Go hard. Go heavy. Never stop.
01-15-2013, 11:48 PM
I haven't forgot this thread. Tomorrow is leg day. Ill post vids of me and my cousin squating and hopefully you guys can give some pointers/critique our form.
01-15-2013, 11:52 PM
thisll be fun. hardly ever get to see a live critique on here. make aure you get a good angle, not some toaster camera where we only see the upper half of the movement. shoot from the side if you can only do one angle. otherwise move it around so we can get a dimensional look at itOriginally Posted by yazan
01-16-2013, 11:05 PM
01-16-2013, 11:08 PM
Lol I do t know how to post vids. I tried going to attach from photos and couldn't find the vid. Anyone know how?
01-16-2013, 11:08 PM
create a YouTube account, upload to YouTube, post link in thread
01-16-2013, 11:10 PM
01-16-2013, 11:28 PM
Squat to a depth so your hip bones are below your knee joints. It's a different exercise all together when you gotta power yourself "out of the hole" ...plus your quads and gluts will thank you.
It sucks and it works.
01-17-2013, 12:48 AM
AM won't let me post links. I guess u gotta look me up on YouTube. I'm
I only got 2 vids anyway
01-17-2013, 08:26 AM
pm me the link, I'll post it for you
01-17-2013, 05:36 PM
01-17-2013, 05:37 PM
01-17-2013, 05:41 PM
tell your cousin to stop wearing the retarded lookin helmet head beatz to the gym before someone wlks up and shatters their hand while open-palm bitch slapping him for lookin so stupid
01-17-2013, 05:43 PM
01-17-2013, 05:47 PM
I actually laughed out loud
01-17-2013, 05:50 PM
01-17-2013, 05:53 PM
lol iand i dont wanna be a dick and i like both forms. but cmon hes doing the *** thing while squatting 135
01-17-2013, 05:54 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-18-2013, 01:02 AM
And I had my cousin tape my second set. I forgot to ask on the 1st and would rather have a spotter on my last 2 sets. We do 4 sets. 12,8,6,4 with weight usually increasing per set. I ended up doing 225x4... Idk bout u guys but I was proud LOLOL. Still training to be a hulk...not there yet
Ill tape my setup next time, but I don't understand how that has anything to do with my squat technique
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