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I've often felt there were two aspects to using a weight belt. The first being the psychological sense of security that the belt provides. Belts make us feel “locked in” and ready to lift thus providing a positive framework to perform the lift. The second and more important aspect is the potential support that a belt provides thus reducing the ...


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There is a very useful analysis of a selection of multiple studies to be found here: http://www.strengthandconditioningresearch.com/exercises/squat/ I'll start out by assuming that you adjust your feet angle to your stance width (or vice-versa) to keep the femurs and tibias in the same plane as the line from mid-heel to mid-toe. I know this isn't exactly ...


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Injuries will hinder your progress more than lifting lighter. Focus on technique if you want long term gains.


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In short - belt gives better stabilization. Why not to use it? Well, you wish to have great stabilization... You would like to use that muscles, not to support them. Is it cheating - since that is legal - it is not cheating. Same as wrist/knee stabilization, special pants. All that helps you lift higher values - if that is your target? On the other hand ...


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Where to begin... Lets assess what is right: Squats are a great exercise to build muscle in the glutes (butt). To build muscle in a specific area, you need to use weights to build up the muscle in that area. What is wrong: Squats alone will get you a 'four foot butt'. The pictured physique is healthy for you and your spine. Taking a look at the ...


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There's acceptable "grind" and unacceptable grind, and I don't trust novices to tell the difference. Someone in your position--which I assume means, a beginner doing a novice program with an unfamiliar exercise--should not try to make this distinction oneself, but rather get a trusted coach to review your form in person, or do an online form check using ...


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Have a dive through the 5x5 website squat page here In summary, you don't count reps with bad form. If you complete a set of 5 with 1 bad form rep then you only record 4 for that set. This will cause you to repeat the same weight or de-load next session (automatically if you are using the app).


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As others have mentioned it increases IAP. An effect of it is that it may also allow your core muscles to fire harder by giving your CNS a reason to reduce limits on certain muscles. It probably isn't cheating I disagree with the apparently common belief that wearing a belt will reduce the opportunity for the lower back to get stronger. Numerous studies ...


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Previous answers all missed a crucial aspect... the belt works by allowing you brace your abdominals against it. It doesn't "support" the back. It allows YOU to better support your midline/trunk/core/fad-name-for-that-area more effectively. Generally, you should do as much work as you can without the belt (get used to generating that intra-abdominal force ...


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Funny I thought muscles were required to produce movement from a dead stop, pre stretched position. Now it is obvious that starting from the top is easier and if your sport is setup that way then only a fool goes against what's easier. Actually it would be like competing natural and without gear against guys on the sauce who use gear. Anyway starting from ...


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It can be that you need additional mobilization... but after doing that I've lost a lot of power. All that what kept my junctions in place was removed, but muscles ware not familiar with my typical load. Other case - you need to build both antagonist muscle groups. For instance strong chest, and weak trapezius moves your shoulders to the front, and can ...


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That depends on your goals. For pure strength you should avoid going to failure or doing grinders, as soon as technique gets bad, stop there ex usually let 2 reps in the tank. For building some mass you can go to failure and should more then less and I would use some slightly lighter weight not to injure myself. You can imagine that your form will suffer ...



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