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Yes, it's important to reach parallel when squatting; otherwise, you'll have muscular imbalance as your hamstrings will be exercised, but your quads and calves will not really benefit from the exercise. Just decrease the weight and squat with the dumbbells raised to your chest. If you don't have balance issues, you can use a raised platform also; ...


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Just stand on a simple, cheap wooden block. Just that simple. You can make it out of several thick wooden boards glued together.


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Those are some very large dumbbell plates then! First and foremost, form and control are crucial with any exercise you perform. Period. It is not worth it to cheat yourself or, worse, risk injury if your form isn't correct because of the weight you are working with. That being said, here are a few suggestions: Purchase a new set of dumbbells that are ...


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The only thing I have been able to find is that the squat depth could affect your vertical jump ability - but I have no idea if you even remotely care about that. Anyway, this study (http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2013/11000/Effect_of_Back_Squat_Depth_on_Lower_Body.11.aspx) proved that parallel squat has a higher postactivation potentiation ...



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