Barbell squats are one of the three lifts in powerlifting. Questions are about effective technique, variations, and programs for squatting with or without resistance.

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Is there anything wrong with doing one-legged bodyweight squats in this way and what can I improve?

The way I heard about one legged squats is to them like this: stand, lower yourself on one leg while the other points forward, then push yourself up. When I try to do this, I don't even get my ...
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Squats & Oats,Diet, and muscle mass

I've been wondering if I could do regular squats instead of squats with weights (because I have none & there's no gym near) I want to build a bigger butt but I heard that it won't work if you don'...
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Long legs squat foot position and posterior chain

I've read a fair bit on this but just wanted to see what other opinions there were on this. I'm 193cm (6'4") with an inside leg of 84cm, I've got longer than average leg to upper body ratio. When ...
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How to integrate box squat to my weekly leg workout

I'm usually free squatting (8x) and leg pressing (4x) For a change, and also to see whether I can improve 1-my hip flexors and 2- the bottom part of my squat, I want to include 4x box squatting, (...
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Correcting squat form, mild knee pain, numb thumb

Basically started with the low bar squat (following StrongLift 5*5) but being very skinny (179 cm, 58 KG) the bar doesn't rest at the shelf created in scapula as described by Mark Rippetoe in this ...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

As question states, I can life a lot more on deadlift and squat by using a belt to brace against, why? Is it cheating?
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Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees

Are there exercises (or sequences of exercises) which work the same muscle groups as regular squats or squat jumps with comparable intensity, but which put less stress on the knee (are safer for the ...
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Squats technique flat feet

When I'm doing squats my knees go forward further than my toes. Also when I'm standing up I tend to move weight more towards my toes. I was told that this technique is wrong but it seems like I can't ...
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Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

So when you squat you are carrying a large amount of weight on your back as we know and I'm trying to figure out if that holding that weight on your back and shoulders would build them, too?
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What do I do when goblet squat weight isnt enough?

I work out at a gym that doesn't have a squat rack (they have a Smith machine, but I don't use it). I have been doing goblet squats for the last few weeks. I like them. I feel like my form is a lot ...
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squats and alignment of knees

Quoting wikipedia.org's article on Squats: Another error where health of the knee joint is concerned is when the knee is not aligned with the direction of the toes. If the knee is not tracking ...
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Is bouncing when lifting dangerous?

Some books recommend a gentle bounce when bench pressing or squatting. This feels wrong to me. It feels safer and more controlled to come to a complete stop, then start up again. What should I do?
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Why do front squats hurt my knees?

Every time I do front squats my knees hurt the next day. Well I shouldn't say hurt, but I certainly feel some discomfort in them. I know that without a from check video it would be hard to say what ...
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How do I get a four foot butt?

This article says these twins do 2000 squats per day. I'm up to 75. I squat straight down, then straight up, even holding a 5 lb weight behind my back. My jeans only feel tight around my thighs. What ...
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Barbell Squats: Maintaing correct form

Today finally I did the barbell squats, I called a trainer to check out my form, but turned out he himself didn't know the correct form: his knees were going way forward his toes and he was holding ...
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How should squat form change based on proportions?

I recently learned that good, safe squat form could change based on body proportions, specifically the factor femur/spine length ratio. How exactly does one measure them both (from where to where, I ...
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Is it Necessary to Make Noise While Deadlifting Or Wear A Belt

Background I've been deadlifting for about a year at home and have managed to have a 1RM of 405 lbs (more than twice my body weight). Because I had no intention of disturbing my downstairs neighbors, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to doing higher rep squats?

It seems like most routines call for sets of 5 reps. Is the 8-12 rep set completely dated or does it still have a place?
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Concerned after many squats and suddenly felt sick / super-sleepy / light-headed for 1 whole hour?

Heavy sickness and tiredness and distant/faint feeling lasted one whole hour - feeling a little faint is normal for squats on a heavy weight obviously, but slightly concerned about length of time this ...
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Building lower body strength using a stationary bike?

I am wondering how effectively a stationary bicycle can be used at building lower-body strength vis-a-vis weight-based exercises like squats and lunges. For instance, if I put a stationary bicycle on ...
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Squatting/Deadlifting - Form when adding weight

OK, so, the gym I go to has standard weight plates, from 5KG to 25KG going up in 5KG increments...the other day, I was front squatting, I wanted to go up a little, but realised I can't go up in 1KG ...
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unable to do squats

I am a college football player, I have been playing football since young age but I am not doing any kind of squat or strength exercises because whenever I do I become immobile for 15 min. So if you ...
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Not straight angle in Sumo/Plie squat hinting of inflexibility in groins, hips, back or elsewhere?

I am trying to understand the reason for the angle in plie/sumo squat: where I think I get more angle than the girl here. What can cause the angle in sumo squat? Is it due to poor hips ...
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Weights and plantar fasciitis

Should you do squats, and can you also do Calf raises, either on machines or free weights, if you have plantar fasciitis? I have had this for 3 years now: I have stopped running. I also find ...
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Barbell squat breathing problem

Being in a good shape it's sometimes for me hard to breathe (I need to breath more and deeper) after doing barbell squats, especially after long omissions. Almost none of other exercises make me feel ...
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Proposed Olympic/Power Routine To Meet Unusual Requirements [closed]

edited in response to comments Below is a detailed mixed olympic and power lifting routine. In particular, I have annotated what seems to be the most unusual features. I currently use the routine. ...
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pistol squat mechanics

It seems that pistol squats with are easier with your hands in front of you than they are with your hands behind you. What I don't understand is why. Like with a front lever or planche or whatever ...
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Do I need to switch up my squat stance?

I was wondering if it is actually necessary to squat in different stance. For example you have :- Platz Squat--> Where you squat with your feets close together Wide Stance Squat --> Where your ...
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severe pain after squats

I usually walk 5 km everyday and suddenly thought of doing squats without any warm up. I did 20 repetitions, 2 times, and never felt any pain at all. In the evening, I felt stiffness, but then, I was ...
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Stretch for Squats muscles

I'm not a professional athlete or anything, but I swim about 1,5 miles and run 5-8 miles everyday. I can't afford a trainer and don't have time for gym (except on weekends...). For a couple of days I'...
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What should hands do during Barbell Squats?

I normally just leave my hands hanging on the bar while I squat, however I sometimes find myself pulling the bar downwards or pushing the bar upwards. When I push the bar with my hands, the weight ...
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I lost 5 kgs in first 3 months of gym but now i am stuck

I am 21 years 5ft 6in and my weight is 80 kg. I started going to the gym about 4 months back and lost 5 kgs, but now I am stuck. I seem to look slimmer but the scale doesn't move. I am doing 20 min ...
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I bench and squat way more than what I deadlift?

So I am pretty confused here because my deadlift is supposed to be more than my bench and squat. Currently, my bench is 225 while my squat is 315. My deadlift is only 135. I don't know why this is. ...
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Legs training program

I'm male 90kg 172cm. I've been going to gym for about 3 weeks. It seems like my legs are weak compared to upper body. For example I could hardly do 4x15 squats with 40/45kg during 1/2 week, while I ...
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Is double-men deadlift or squat or bench-press common?

I'd like to try them out with my gym buddy, is it commonly done in the gym?
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Will squats help me build stronger legs

My goal is to make my legs strong and hard. Currently I do 60 Squats daily, and have done so for the last 7 days. Are squats a healthy/safe/effective way to build stronger leg muscles? Please keep in ...
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Do front squats compress the spine?

Just curious I regularly do 225 front squats and was wondering what are the long term effects on the spine with this exercise or any squats for that matter? Since the bar is placed in the front and ...
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Total weakness in squats today. What does this mean? Not enough rest? Bad food choices? Etc

This Monday I squat a PR of 245lb for 3x5 and honestly felt great doing it. Today was a total disaster. This past weekend I loaded up on carbs from breads(and had other foods, hamburgers a couple of ...
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ways to improve a glute/leg workout?

I am female, 145 pounds and 170cm tall. I go to gym 4 times a week and do split training. I have noticed quite some gains on my legs but not really my ass. Here is my workout: (I am not sure of what ...
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Should I add an assistance exercise or drop the weight on my squats to work my adductors?

Now I'm lifting relatively heavy weight in the squat, sometimes on the way up my knees cave in. I've already googled the common causes and found that this can be due to weak hip muscles causing others ...
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Next to no glute / hamstring activation when squatting

What to do? Even when squatting without weight, I just feel like the quads are doing 99.8% of the work. Lately I've been having some discomfort while squatting with higher weights. Is there a way to ...
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Squats & Lunges above parallel - is there any benefit?

I read a while back that to get any real benefit from squats and lunges one should come down low past parallel. Indeed it has been encouraged in my Quads & Core classes (without weights), although ...
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evidence based 'how to squat guide' and gym more generally

I'm looking for an evidence-based 'how to squat' guide (and actually the gym more generally). Free online would be great but for the gym generally I'd be happy to buy a book. Obviously everyone's ...
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Pain after squats (sprain?)

After the latest legs day I had pain in the inner side of the place between leg and groin. It hurts only during the lowers part of the squat and press machine (I didn't notice anything during that ...
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Squat progressions

I am starting a (mainly) body-weight fitness routine and I have found squats to be WAY to easy. There are two progressions I can try that I know of: I can try to work towards pistol squats OR I ...
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Mild left shoulder pain while squatting low bar

I am on stronglift 5*5 and as the weight is increasing with each workout, squats are getting challenging, while the program is really good, I want to keep doing it and avoid any injuries. The other ...
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What physiological effect takes away my knee pain when squatting?

A bit of pretext: I've been having sporadic knee pains (left side) for the last 6 years now. I could never do any leg cardio like running or cycling. I went to four physicians/orthopedics, was x-rayed ...
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should squat weight always be over the heel?

When doing back squats I feel a little unstable coming up. The weight shifts from my heels to the side of my feet and I have to try very hard to concentrate the weight around mid foot, and not let it ...
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Stick with progressing rep ranges or switch to small weight increments?

I'd like to keep this question general, but it's rather situational so excuse the extra fluff. At the end of February I finished 6 months of doing Johnny Candito's linear program, control variant. ...
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Can I avoid Squating by doing sumo deadlifts

I dont like squating, so Im avoiding doing squats. However I enjoy deadlifting and Im doing them every day. A different variation each day. Is it really necessary to squat actually if you can do sumo ...