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That's pretty normal. Everyone tends to favor one side or the other -- usually your dominant side will be stronger. One side may always be slightly more toned than the other, but you can make the difference much less noticeable by doing alternating unilateral movements such as weighted lunges, step ups, pistols, split squats, etc.


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No. I was a manager/trainer at a couple of Gold's gyms. Our insurance company wouldn't allow these on the floor. They are actually good to hold very moderate weight for several different lifts. The problem is they can take little to no horizontal force and when the squat racks get full people would spill to these. And to make matters worse it is hard ...


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There certainly is a common error people seem to be making based on what I have read in this article: Improper sequencing. Front squats are deceiving because while it's a primarily knee-dominant movement pattern, you still want to initiate the movement from the hips first and push your butt back before breaking from the knees. It's an almost ...


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Unless your goals include having a strong back-squat there is nothing wrong substituting them with front squats I'd be curious to know why your physio would suggest one of the other, but I strongly recommend heeding her advice. But both variants are useful for building powerful legs, and while front squats will engage your quads more than back squats. While ...


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Squatting shouldn't be putting any stress on your knees that would lead to injury under the following conditions: You perform them controlled, and unfatigued You mirror a low-bar squat posture even in your air squats You only squat so deep as to get the tops of your thighs below parallel You don't use an excessively wide stance This will result in 0 ACL ...


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You can try Smolov method for squating How Smolov Works The Russian Smolov Squat routine is split into 3 phases for a total of 13 weeks. As always, start with a weight you're 100% sure you can Squat instead of starting too heavy and hitting plateaus. The 4 Smolov cycles. Weeks 1-2 - introduction cycle to prepare your legs. Week 1 you Squat 3 day in a row ...


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I got the opposite effect: barefoot running is awesome and I prefer it, but it builds up my calves and can temporarily make them quite tight. Squats require a mobile calf and ankle. It may help with ankle stability and I wouldn't avoid barefoot running for this reason, but I don't think it helps with my squats.


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Mehdi gives an answer to this question in the Stronglifts Report. It is not based on actual science, but rather anecdotal evidence, I quote it here. (Page 58) Watch out by the way with people telling you to do half Squats instead of hitting parallel. Half Squats are NOT safer for your knees, they can actually destroy them because they cause muscle ...


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First, I don't think you have the correct notion of ATG based on this sentence: For example, if I lay on my side with my legs in line with my torso and try to pull one foot straight back, I can't get my heel to touch my glutes. In an ATG squat you are going down until your calves are in contact with your hamstrings. Simple physics state that two ...


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This problem is called "valgus" knee. Its is more common for females due to the anatomy - wider hip and slight larger Q angle. However, here are some very common problems for most people with valgus knee, especially during squatting and landing: Weakness in hip abductors Weakness in hip external rotators Pronated feet (flat feet) Weakness in posterior ...


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There are a number of squat variations, and they are all good exercises: front squat, high bar back squat, zercher squats, goblet squats. The mobility issues can be temporary if you work at them intelligently and over time. So I'll address the question in two parts. First is the question you explicitly asked: By all means substitute front squats in place ...


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I don't think she is using bad form, her knees are inline with her feet. Her stance looks a little narrow but that is generally a matter of preference. As for the depth she could go a little deeper, but we don't even know that the squat is over since it's not a video, generally to go deeper it is easier with a wider stance. Other than that her back is ...


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We are seeing one still frame of a squat. That's not so good in determining good form. But from what we can see, the form is fine. The knees are tracking the toes. Great. If that continues to be the case, then there's no need to point the toes outwards. Some coaches, particularly those focused on Olympic lifting such as Diane Fu and Kelly Starrett, ...


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Personally I wouldn't be happy with them, they look pretty unstable. I'd hate to have to figure out what to do with a bar in a back squat if I knocked one of these over. I'd consider the safe weight to use to be what I can lift from back squat position over my head and put down safely... which makes the stands pretty much useless.


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Where your hands are changes your center of gravity. An easy way to demonstrate the difference is to do a bw squat with your hands in front of you, and then go close to a wall and do them with your hands behind your head. Unless you have a good reason to be doing the squats in a particular way, just do whatever is easiest for you. It's a common thing in my ...


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These are independent variables. The barbell should remain positioned in space in the plane defined by the line between the mid-point of each foot being extended vertically upwards. Without changing that well-agreed fact, there is a cue to keep the weight in one's heels while squatting, in order to prevent shifting onto the balls of one's feet. Notice that ...


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To start, if you notice that you feel pain rather than a burn or soreness in your hamstrings, it may have to do with your squat stance, rather than lagging hamstrings. However, the hamstrings are more often underdeveloped compared to their quad counterparts found in front of them for most trainee's, so a muscle imbalance isn't out of the question. And while ...


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My checklist, roughly in order, of what to look for when I have a bad workout: Food. Am I hungry? Was I hungry yesterday? Did I eat enough protein after my last lifting session? Did I eat enough carbs today? Have I been eating enough fats the past few days? Other exercise. Was my warm-up really long today, or did I muck with the order I do my lifts? Did I ...


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What kind of squat do you do (high- or low bar)? If you are going to do a low bar squat, it's naturally to lean your torso more forward in order to hit the posterior chain more (glutes, hams,...). If it's a high bar squat then your torso is more upright and you "dive" in between your legs with your hips. Regarding your style, your elbows should point down ...


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[I'm noviceSquatter--I've since created a stackexchange account. Also I'm doing low bar squats!] Sorry for the delayed response. I posted the question a month ago, got a few comments, and didn't expect anything more. Anyways, to answer informaficker, I found the t-nation article helpful because it accurately described me. Here's the key paragraph: If ...


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Back squats, low-bar or not, are preferred to front squats because they allow heavier loads. Some say that back squats use more hamstrings and glutes than the front squat, but I've found this isn't a major concern. Front squats are a fine exercise and I'm sure that they'll work almost as well as back squats. You won't advance quite as quickly, but I doubt ...


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Will barefoot running help your squat? Possibly - but not in the way you think. Barefoot running is a contentious issue, with Proponents of barefoot running claim many benefits, such as improved performance and reduced injuries, whereas detractors warn of the imminent risks involved. Unfortunately, I found no evidence to suggest that barefoot running ...


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Sorry I do not believe that barefoot running will help But I definitely have advice for improving your squat. Some exercises that can help good mornings front squats overhead squats deadlifts, specifically sumo style targets your legs more Know your weakness If you tell us where your failing so you can do the right exercises some sources ...


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I considered and rejected these for my home gym. They do not provide safety bars on which to dump a failed rep. They do not have a vertical post on which to slam a just-completed near-max set. The target area is small, particularly for a back squat rather than a front squat. I would trust freestanding squat stands if I was using bumper plates on a ...


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Strength is built and demonstrated with intense exercise. In this context, "intense" means "it is increasingly difficult to do repeatedly". An intense squat for someone would be a weight they could only squat two or three times--or only once--before failing. Intensity is inversely related to duration. If I can do something five hundred times, then by ...


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Bikes are definitely not a substitute for squats The motions are vaguely similar and workout out many of the same muscles but biking is cardio and squats are for improving strength. You might be the best biker in the word but that doesn't mean you can automatically come out and squat 400 pounds. Another thing to keep in mind is the squat is a more full ...


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The positioning of the arms during body weight squats affects your center of gravity. Therefore the only difference in arm positioning is the stabilization muscles involved. This difference however is very minimal and won't have any noticeable affect. When I perform bodyweight squats, I prefer having my hands out in front of me. This is a personal ...


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Part of the reason for squatting deep is to avoid muscle imbalance, but that's not my primary reason. Squatting to parallel or beyond uses the knee and hip joint through a fuller range of motion than half-squats or other partial movements. This is good for mobility and strength for a variety of tasks. Squatting deep also protects the knee joint by ...


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I'll address this in two ways, as the final answer really does depend on your goals. Unless otherwise stated, when we are talking about squats, I'm assuming back squats. Health Reasons for Full Squats Specifically, one of the main reasons to squat to depth (defined as the crease of the hip parallel or lower than the top of the knee) has to do with joint ...


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There are several things you can do, just know that in a raw squat (no squat suit or compression briefs) the glute involvement is primarily at the bottom, and the hamstrings are only moderately used. With a squat suit, the leverages change and loading the hamstrings is more important. That said, the glute and hamstring activity is still ...



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