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Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by doordude42, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. doordude42

    doordude42 Senior Member

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    This is more of an observation than a question. I've been bulking since Sept. and have gotten some good results. I've tried to come up with an explanation for my steady weight and strength gain besides the obvious caloric surplus. I thought it may have something to do with my age or coming off a cut that was borderline fanatical. Today it dawned on me. Squats. During my cut I rarely squatted because of a lower back injury. I've since systematically incorporated them into EVERY leg workout and WOW!!!!! My whole body's growing.
    I realize this is common knowledge for most people here including myself but I felt the need to stress the importance of this immensely effective tool. Squats are truly the king of ALL excercises. DO THEM!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. 1FastGTX

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  3. karatetricker

    karatetricker Well-Known Member

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    I have to do squats today. I hate them.
     
  4. Oranzith

    Oranzith Well-Known Member

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    i dunno, i never squat and my body is ballooning










    JUST KIDDING KIDS!
     
  5. doordude42

    doordude42 Senior Member

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    Trust me, they're not my favorites!!!!!!:bang:
     
  6. bradh

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    I don't mine back squats but i'm really starting to hate front squats.:mad:
     
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    Pain! :drool:
     
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    I definitely have a love-hate relationship with them. I hate them at the time, but love the feeling of finishing a heavy set (and the results, of course).
     
  9. Coachese

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    I agree. The squat is the cousin to King Deadlift as far as great compound lifts go!!
     
  10. AnonIMust

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    Since I am new to the lifting game, as well as trying to recover from a bad back, perhaps an obvious squat question or two:

    I currently can only use dumbells to do squats. I have been hoisting them up and perching them on my shoulders to try and replicate a bar. It occurs to me that this mimics a front squat a little more than a rear squat, and I concur that I do not feel it in the glutes much, but do feel it in the hams. I need the help with strengthening glutes more I think, which leads to ......

    It also occurs I maybe doing these wrong. I just checked exrx and they illustreate the db squat being performed with arms at the sides. Do the experts here have a preferrence on technique, especially with regard to targetting glutes more than hams with dumbells?

    (Bear in mind, the weight I am squatting here is embaressingly insignificant for now.....)
     
  11. doordude42

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    When I began squatting again I started with dumbells in each hand hanging down at my sides. I found this very effective. If I had access to unlimited weight dumbells I would still employ this technique. I find it alot more comfortable and safer than a barbell.
     
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    Am I the only one here who actually likes squatting? It's an awesome feeling when you can barely, just barely get that last rep of a really heavy weight up.
     
  13. AnonIMust

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    Great feedback. So if you assume that had heavy enough DBs, you believe you could get a complete squat work out using the arms at sides method? It seems it would not provide as much rear resistance as a bar on the shoulders. I'll try it tonight.
     
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    I agree that does feel great....it's the nausea and the 'taking 10 minutes for the 5 minute walk' back to work that I don't like.:flex:
     
  15. doordude42

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    Exactly. I find it much more comfortable than the bar across my back. The only problem is once you get into heavy weight, your arms my fatigue before your legs do.
     
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    I am with you 100%. Barring no physical problems, I believe they are essential.

    I hated them at first, but now I actually look forward to them. I vary the rep scheme and weight enough to keep it interesting. Maybe I am a masochist, I don’t know, but the feeling of strength coming up out of the hole when you are pushing that weight north is what drives me. The results drive me too.
     
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    Good advice Michael, I agree, dumbells down by the side.
     
  18. Coachese

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    Yeah, that was going to be my question....there is no way in hell that I could hold enough weight to do squats with DBs -- but I get tired of the cage. Would this be the time to implement the DB wrist straps?
     
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    Sounds good.:tucool:
     
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