Cutting out Squats makes me Stupid?
- 04-12-2008, 08:47 PM
Cutting out Squats makes me Stupid?
My legs are getting too muscular, my jeans ain't fitting and it makes me look to big down there so I am cutting out all legs exercises and just upper body now, so am I dumb by doing this? It's not like I need leg mass I have that. I know Squats bursts size all over but I really need cut it out now. What do you guys think? :squat:
- 04-12-2008, 08:51 PM
Keep the squats, and other leg exercises, but just do them with lower repetitions to build strength. You may still get a little size, but it will not be much and you can still take advantage of the hormonal shifts from doing these muscles. Try heavy singles, 8x3 6x4 etc. You could also just get some of those really big zuba pants that bodybuilders wear, then you wont look funny at all!Muscle Pharm Rep
- 04-12-2008, 08:53 PM
04-12-2008, 08:54 PM
04-12-2008, 08:56 PM
04-13-2008, 12:00 AM
I cut out squats a couple months ago, but that's because my left knee was hurting from it. I'm going to see my orthopaedist this week for a 6-month follow-up of my ankle injury from September, and I'm going to have him look at my knee as well.
I miss doing squats!! Once I can squat again, I'm going to ease back into it for a month or two, then try the 20-rep squat workout!
04-13-2008, 12:02 AM
04-13-2008, 12:06 AM
04-13-2008, 12:07 AM
I don't know I may be biased on the issue, but I physically can not do back squats correctly because of a club foot I was born with. I have forced myself to do front squats with blocks under my heals, and have been trying to get back squats down. I stretch my heal chords daily, practice different squat variations, read articles about correctly squatting and increasing mobility etc. I just hate seeing guys with the ability to do an exercise as beneficail as that not do it. I have always wanted to try power lifting competitively, but squats have always held me back. So take anything I say with a grain of salt, and on that note,
Dont Give Them Up Completely, but also listen to your body and if your knees are getting agitated from them then it may be time to hang up heavy squatting.
Muscle Pharm Rep
04-13-2008, 12:09 AM
04-13-2008, 12:15 AM
04-13-2008, 12:26 AM
04-13-2008, 05:14 PM
05-03-2008, 01:11 PM
As mentioned try reducing the reps and increasing the load focusing more on strength and less on mass. Try something like a 3x3 for a little while.
05-03-2008, 01:14 PM
05-03-2008, 01:30 PM
The 3 biggest form flaws that lead to knee pain with squats are foot placement, starting the movement at the knee instead of the hip, and stopping above parrallel.
Check you feet placement first. Feet should be shoulder width apart pointing outward at a 30degree angle. When you squat below parrallel your knees should move out to clear room for your torso. This puts you knees pointing out at an angle. You want your toes to point in the same direction as your knees. If your knees are at an angle and your feet are straight this puts a twist in your knee ligaments and leads to pain.
You also want to make sure you are initiating the lift by pushing your hips back and not by bending at the knees. This keeps the knees from moving out in front of your toes and limits the shear force on the knee. To see if your knees are coming forward you can stand in front of a wall with your toes against the wall, arms hanging down in front of you, now squat down. If you cant make it down with out your knees hitting the wall and pushing you back you are moving at the knee and not the hip. Imagine yourself setting back on a toilet, that is esstentially the squat movement. It takes some practice but try it and you will see what I am talking about.
The most obvious thing to check is are you going below parallel. Stopping above parallel shifts the shear force of the lift from the hips to the knee. The knee joint is strongest at it contracted position (below parallel) and weakest at the points in between. When you stop short of parallel you are not only cutting yourself short on range of motion and fiber recruitment but also introducing an enormous amount of unnatural force on the knee.
Check these and see if it doesnt help.
05-03-2008, 01:40 PM
05-03-2008, 02:35 PM
05-04-2008, 08:09 PM
Ya'll ever seen the quads of powerlifters/olympic lifters?They do low reps...........Branch Warren was doing reps of 50-100 for a while cause he said heavier weight makes his legs grow too fast.He might still do them I just read about it a while ago in MD.
05-05-2008, 12:07 PM
05-05-2008, 01:33 PM
plus baggy jeans on tree trunks wont look like baggy jeans on chicken legs.Just don't get the ones with huge pockets.I'm fixing to try out a pair of baggy jeans next time I buy a pair.I already went from regular to relaxed fit.Now it's time to move up again.I wear levi's and they make sme nice baggy jeans I see others wear that should look good on some built quads.
05-05-2008, 07:25 PM
05-05-2008, 07:43 PM
Squats are one of those cornerstone exercises. I've quit doing them before when I was running alot. During that time, I lost substantial muscle mass on my upper body too. I never realized how much squats did for my size and strength until I quit doing them.
05-06-2008, 03:14 PM
id cut back on the squating.... just me though..id skip legs once every two weeks
05-06-2008, 08:00 PM
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05-06-2008, 11:45 PM
05-07-2008, 06:46 AM
05-09-2008, 06:56 PM
The one body part I have that grows fast is my legs. I have problems getting into fitted jeans as well. Higher Reps has helped maintain my leg mass while not putting on anymore. I have also stopped squatting and have been doing Hack Squats.
05-19-2008, 09:07 AM
yeah I went through the same thing, its horrible sitting down when your pants are clinging to you. Some chicks can even think you are a little chunky which is bad news. Try more lunges, or hack squats. The squat is a great excercise but this seems to happen, i personally do them for high reps every 3rd or 4th leg day.
05-19-2008, 04:22 PM
I'm sure it depends on the waist size as well, but I just picked up a couple pair of Wrangler Cargo pants the other day. My Relaxed fit were getting uncomfortably tight in the thigh (and groin), and wearing the hair off the front of my quads. Hmm, maybe they were tight because of too much hair? Anyway, these cargo pants are cut large and I am very happy with the fit - more room to grow now! Not sure I like the cargo pockets on the sides, but maybe I can fit a couple of protein shakes or something in there... LOL
05-19-2008, 10:42 PM
05-19-2008, 10:44 PM
04-23-2009, 10:25 PM
I just did squats today for the first time in two months because my legs were getting too big. After two months, they didn't really get much smaller or weaker, but I sure did put on some upper body mass with more time to devote to it. I think I'm finally balanced. People have been calling me tree trunks since middle school, long before I ever squatted. Good old genetics.
04-23-2009, 10:55 PM
04-23-2009, 11:35 PM
04-24-2009, 12:41 AM
I have said the same thing you said before, because I thought I was having similar problems. I wish I had never cut back my squatting momentum then, it is NEVER a good idea in my experience.
1) Post pics of your legs
2) What do you squat, using GOOD form?
I think most jeans are just undersized for people who squat, that's a fact. Would you be complaining if you were growing out of shirts? Of course not. Just find stuff that fits. Visually, huge legs will never unbalance your physique unless you want them to. You wear something over your quads all the time, it's just not going to unbalance your physique like bad posture or a huge belly or something.
I suspect you aren't quite as big legged as you think...I also think if you wish to grow, you need to take growth where you can get it until you stop getting it. Believe me, your legs won't grow forever. Keep hitting them hard and they will slow down soon.
04-24-2009, 12:44 AM
Ya know, there's a kid who squats like 95 - when he does squat - and has bigger quads than me. His upper body is just average for a 20 year old guy, nothing bad nothing special. He doesn't look unbalanced whatsoever. If he wears shorts, he has freaky muscular legs...he has an average upper body.
If you look unbalanced it isn't a problem that your legs grow awesome, it's a problem that your upper body grows too slowly; since training your legs does help your upper body grow...just keep leg training the same and rethink upper body.
04-24-2009, 09:00 AM
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