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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

8
votes
5answers
10k views
+250

Is it normal when starting squats to not have flexible enough ankles?

I've read a lot lately that if I want to build a lot of strength and start thinking seriously about putting on some size that I should use squats as a core workout. I'm only 65kg (143 pounds) and have ...
3
votes
4answers
116 views

Squatting with dumbbells. Cannot reach parallel. Is it really important?

I'm about to start working out at home. I have 40kg x 2 dumbbells and want to squat with them. Given I keep the dumbbells at my sides, because of the diameter of plates it isn't possible to reach ...
0
votes
1answer
136 views

squatting barefoot, bad reputation for gym! [closed]

today I was going to gym, I had running shoes and I knew that squatting in running shoes is not recommended. So I went barefoot then after my squat finished one of the gym folks came and told me that ...
1
vote
5answers
90 views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

Presses or squats first?

The general consensus of exercise order seems to be larger muscle groups first, smaller muscle groups after. So squats or deadlifts would precede presses and pull ups. I started out doing that, and it ...
2
votes
1answer
305 views

Don't feel muscle soreness until after a day [duplicate]

so, I only get this with my legs (meaning my quads and hamstrings and inner thighs) and my glutes...so here is my squat routine: 120kg - 2 sets of 6 repetitions followed by 1 set of 4 (it is really ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

How to reduce shoulder soreness during and after squats

When I do squats, I find that my shoulders are often very sore (from the weight of the bar) afterward, and sometimes shoulder soreness becomes as much a limiting factor during exercise as the ...
3
votes
2answers
70 views

Squat for over weight people

I'm trying to do dumbbell squats but not possible. I feel unbalanced hence no confidence to put my weight on heels . Could anyone help me to find out how I could progress to there ? Is there way I can ...
3
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
120 views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
16k views

Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running

I've primarily been a long distance runner, but I have recently started incorporating swimming and upper body exercises into my weekly exercise program. My latest addition is compound exercises like ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
893 views

Muscles Hurt While On Stronglifts 5x5

I'm a 20 year old, 150lb male, who has been doing stronglifts for a little over a month and a half. I've been lifting weights for around two years now so I am not a complete novice. I have been making ...
2
votes
2answers
264 views

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?
3
votes
3answers
111 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

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. ...
3
votes
2answers
136 views

How to reduce muscle mass in lower body?

In my childhood I was very active and running was my favorite sport. Unfortunately, the size of my thighs, hamstrings, and calves, are disproportionately large, and they have been this way for several ...
4
votes
1answer
57 views

adductor / hamstring weirdness in the bottom of squat

I've been squatting for several years and have done regional level competitions and some quasi-formal training and coaching. Normally I can get any additional answers I need from other fitness friends ...
6
votes
2answers
785 views

How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?

After more than a month walking at a fast pace everyday, my body seems to be adapting and now I need to walk at a ridiculously forced high speed in order to feel it sort of challenging. So I want to ...
1
vote
1answer
187 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
972 views

Cable Squats vs Smith Machine Squats

Are cable machine squats easier to do than squats on a Smith machine? I'm able to do about 220 pounds on the cables, but I'm doubtful whether I'll be able to replicate the results on a Smith machine. ...
2
votes
2answers
278 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
88 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
170 views

Inner thigh strain while squatting

Let me begin by saying this is not about an injury. There is no pain during or after my workout (apart from the normal feeling of a muscle straining to lift heavy weights). It's simply that my inner ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Effect of an asymmetric weight distribution on a hack squat machine

In a hack squat machine (see figure above), does it matter if I put more washers on one side? May this asymmetry cause an asymmetry of my effort in performing this exercise? For example, if I put ...
1
vote
2answers
237 views

what is causing knee pain after squats?

For several weeks now, I have noticed a mild pain on my right knee after squats, I am on strong lifts 5*5, 57Kg/179cm/M. My squats weight reached 115 lbs but for the last two sessions have brought it ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

Need help with lower back pain while on stronglifts 5x5

I just started doing strong lifts 5x5 program and am paranoid about hurting myself. I am almost 300 lbs, and haven't done much exercise other than walking for the past long as I can remember. I was ...
15
votes
5answers
36k views

How do I squat if I can't keep my heels on the floor?

I was told that I was doing the squats incorrectly because I was lifting the heels. I was told to try and do them without lifting the heels but I can't lower myself more than a few centimeters. The ...
1
vote
2answers
123 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
538 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
279 views

When is isolating certain muscles beneficial?

I have heard that isolation exercises are pointless by some, and that total body workouts are to be abided by. I must digress as, for example, what if supporting muscles are strikingly weak? I have ...
1
vote
1answer
288 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
165 views

Low bar Squat: Hyper arched back, slight bend in knees and arm position

I got my form checked by a trainer today, he made a couple of good points: 1- Don't arch your lower back too much while coming down. I looked up online, and this article kind of supports it, ...
10
votes
4answers
7k views

Better for arm growth to train arms on the same day as squats?

I've read that squats and deadlifts promote overall muscle growth in the body. Does this mean that if I want to increase growth faster in, say, my arms, I should exercise my arms on the same day as I ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Will sitting in a squat position with weight help me with mobility?

I have trouble supporting myself in a squat position without additional weight - I fall backwards unless I open my knees a lot. Will sitting in squat position with weight (e.g. a kettlebell held like ...
10
votes
2answers
6k views

Working out same muscle group two days in a row (or before full recovery)

Note: I know that this is not enough time for muscles to fully recover, please read my entire question I have participated in weightlifting for over 6 years now, and from the start I've constantly ...
21
votes
4answers
2k views

Shoes for Weightlifting

What shoes have you found to be most effective for exercises like squats and deadlifts etc.?
0
votes
4answers
1k views

Squatting is causing pain in my quadriceps

This is not a medical/health question; this is a question on why doing squats is causing me a burning/painful sensation in my quadriceps. I normally work my legs using squats only for now ... I just ...
1
vote
1answer
83 views

Cycling the day after squatting

Currently I am doing a program similar too 5x5 stronglift, which contains squats. The squats are getting heavier each week and are making my muscles sore(in a good way). Every week day i cycle to ...
11
votes
4answers
50k views

Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?

I was wondering, if I were to use the same amount of weight with dumbbells as I would with a barbell while doing a squat, will I get the same benefits as I would using a barbell? Now I understand ...
0
votes
1answer
100 views

Chalice Squat Variation - Safe and Effective?

To replace the barbell back or front squat, I stand a heavy (80lb+) dumbell end-on on the floor, grasp the upper weights, and stand up. Is this a good alternative to the chalice squat? (Much more ...
4
votes
2answers
330 views

Benefits of Squatting from bottom position as rest position

So I was just thinking I got a home gym set up, and I can't really approach the bar under a power-rack as of yet...so I just clean it up over my head. I was interested in doing a back squat. But this ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

How does the body stabilize without valsalva maneuver?

This is a follow up question to How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts). There Berin Loritsch explains in his excellent answer when to apply valsalva and why. However ...
0
votes
0answers
166 views

Difficulty adjusting to body after I fixed anterior pelvic tilt

I had the symptoms of anterior pelvic tilt, and measured it roughly by standing back and feet against a door and measuring the gap between my lower back and the door. I did the corrective exercises ...
8
votes
1answer
4k views

Does the Bulgarian split squat target the glutes better than normal squats?

Based on my observations, when I do Bulgarian split squats, they hit the glutes really nicely. In fact, even if I do the Bulgarian squat without doing regular squats, my glutes are very sore the next ...
2
votes
1answer
109 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
121 views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

Do short Achilles tendons disturb my squatting?

I have trouble maintaining proper form while performing below-parallel squats: I can't bring my knees forward enough without lifting my heels from the ground. My trainer claims that this is caused by ...