Questions tagged [squats]

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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How long does it take to increase ankle mobility?

My heels lift up during a regular squat, but no problem during sumo squat or lunges. I've learned this is due to poor ankle mobility, and that foam rolling the calves and some stretches can fix this....
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Improving Squat Power at Parallel

In my squat, I find that I can get to depth, push up about an inch, and clear the squat another inch above that really easily. However, there's a point just above parallel where I struggle the most. ...
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What guru is telling people to pull up their toes when they deep squat?

A month ago, I saw something new. A guy was doing a deep squat mobility exercise, then he grabbed his toes from the front, and pulled up. As a consequence of pulling on his toes, his lower back went ...
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Relationship between lunges (dumbbells) and squat

Let's imagine that my 5RM in the squat is 85kg because I'm just starting out. So I can only contract physiologically slowly, and to avoid injuries I stretch slowly. The last rep is quite well done, ...
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Knees (cartilage?) hurt when squatting [closed]

Both my knees (and even more so, my left knee) hurt when I squat down and stay in that position for 3-4 minutes. There's a dull pain that gets worse the longer I stay squatting, and when I stand up, ...
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giving the left shoulder a rest. can I train squats and\or the right arm?

Despite being cautious with the bench press I noticed I feel my left shoulder a bit more when I do reverse grip lat pull down as per the picture below. I was considering training the right arms and\...
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Unable to do leg day

I started gym last month. I go to gym 5 days a week.I am happy with my workout in 4 days out of these (I can do more than 6 exercises given in my schedule ) but unfortunately on leg day I cant finish ...
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Knees and middle age

Middle age isn't too far away for me. I love to run, and do squats. When the weather's nice my week will be something like: squats, day off, run, 2 days off, squats... Spring's come and I've ...
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Strength program

I am 29 and been working out for about a decade now and feel like i hit a point where my strength is not developing anymore. My total in squat, deadlift and bench was stuck between 1305 and 1350lbs ...
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Do squats make your butt hard

Can doing squats make your butt hard since you're developing muscles there
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Only static training the erector spinae?

A lot of training programs only include Deadlifts, Squats and stuff, which not really take the erector spinae through a full range of motion, but rather only statically involve them by holding your ...
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Is it safe to do low bar squats with nephroptosis?

My client has been diagnosed with nephroptosis, and her doctor advised her to do resistance exercises only in lying and seated positions and to strengthen her abdominal muscles - I gave her exercises ...
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Goblet Squats vs. Regular Squats

I'm tempted to include Goblet Squats into my workout routine, because they seem easy to execute (you only need a single Dumbbell) and look fun. Now, in terms of muscle activation, where are (if any) ...
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I can row more than I can squat. Am I doing something wrong?

I've been doing barbell strength training for a few months. I've been doing some progression programs and trying to improve my form. After a few form checks with professionals, I am confident that my ...
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What would be best squat stance and toe position for a person with weak knee?

I think i have some knee problems as I usually feel sore there after an intense lower body work day. Also I have noticed that I have some symptoms of a knock knee,so I want to know the best stance ...
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Are mobility exercises treating the symptom instead of the cause?

I have just started barbell training following the stronglifts 5x5 program. Since I am having some problems with the squat I am taking some lessons from a personal trainer. In the first session he ...
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Does “bracing” the core increase the risk of injuries like hernia?

I have had an inguinal hernia surgery about an year ago,and am back to normal lifting,now in case of lifting weights near the PR's we know that we have to brace the core in order to keep the torso ...
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How to prevent “good morning” when squatting?

Since last two squat sessions I have noticed that I feel my lower back when I squat for 5x3. Now this is due to good morning happening at the rising part of my squat. Lowering the weight is one ...
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How exactly to do mind-muscle connection?

I've heard about the mind-muscle connection a lot but I just can't seem to understand it enough to get it to work. I get that you are supposed to mentally focus on the muscle, but I don't really feel ...
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Abdominal role in squats

Many people, websites,videos and wikipedia imply that squats, specially weighted squats train the abdominal muscles. But squatting without contracting my belly makes it that the abdominal pressure ...
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Negative squats

Can doing negative squats with a belt, going down slowly then using arms to go back up be used to break a squat stalls? If not, are there any other benefit on using negative squats?
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Can Pistol Squats replace Barbell Squats?

I am at the point where I can do consist pistol squats weighted. It seems to me that pistol squats are much safer than heavy weight back squats. Can pistol squats be a replacement for back-squats?
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How do I progress in my squats?

I have been stuck for 2months on the same max weight of 90kg for one rep.For 5 reps I am stuck in 75kg for 5 reps.As soon I increase weight to 80kg,my reps count becomes 2-3 & after that form ...
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Can Deadlifts be used as a supplement to increase squats PR?

While I do BB squats I often do not have a spotter so in case of trying to get PR I find it a bit risky and hence my squats numbers are not increasing as much as I'd like to.But in case of a DL it's ...
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How can I safely increase gluteal load in the bulgarian squat?

In this video it is stated that lengthening the foot stance increases gluteal load. However, this also forces a flatter back angle, when a lot of people say that it's important to keep your back ...
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What is the best stance for BB squats for me?

I have noticed that I tend to fall back when squatting deep(without weights) and if I widen my stance a bit more than my shoulder width I can maintain that squat position with more stability. Now ...
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Squats and strange looking knees

I'm a small guy, but I can put up decent weight on squats. My lower body is stronger than my upper body. Since I started squats (a long time ago), my legs looks strange to some people. Just ...
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Resistance training and avoiding chronic injury: are squat/deadlift/bench safe?

My number one priority with resistance training is minimising the risk of chronic damage to my body over decades of lifting weights. I have found lots of conflicting information on this, and a lack of ...
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A2G Squats: Is Ankle Flexibility the Right Concern?

I am trying to go all the way down on squats. It seems that if my heels are way up I can keep my back straight and prevent "butt-wink". So, the logical solution here seems to be the stretch my calfs. ...
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heavy squats burn 9000 calories?

I am doing 5x5 with current squat weight of 275 lbs (body wight 194lbs) Just calculated how much energy it takes to move such weight over 4 feet (approximate distance for my 6ft height) from the ...
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Deadlift/squat: should I spread or pinch together the shoulder blades? What can happen if I got it wrong?

I did squats and deadlifts with my shoulder blades spread (as a trainer told me - every exercise, he says, the shoulder blades should be pushed back spread). That correlates with some weird twitching ...
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Is it okay to experience pain right after a squat rep? [closed]

I am 5'6", 146 pounds, and am doing a full-range barbell squat with weights totaling 165 pounds with the barbell. However, sometimes, I experience pain right after a rep in the upper parts of my thigh ...
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Is it quite OKAY to do 45 Degree Leg Press alone to replace squat?

I am not a fan of squat to work out my leg, mostly for safety reasons. Is it OKAY to do 45 Degree Leg Press to replace squat ? By doing that alone, can I build myself a pair of strong-looking legs?
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How to best physically prepare for Snowboarding?

Hello I am preparing for snowboarding season. I'm generally in decent shape but want to target exercises that would prepare me to snowboard comfortably for many hours. Last season my legs especially ...
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Deadlifting during and after MCL class Ii

I have not done a squat or a deadlift in close to 4 weeks. I overtrained and hurt MCL- based on what I read online I think it was a class II tear. I haven't had any pain for my re than a week. If I ...
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Squat getting strong but legs don't grow

I'm a 19 years old boy and this week my one rep max front-squat improved from 72.5 kilograms to 85 kilograms but legs didn't grow in width at all. Is the process slower than i though or am I doing ...
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I don't understand the difference between banded squats and reverse band squats

I've recently bought some resistance bands to use along with my barbell. For Squats there seems to be two main ways to do this. Banded Squats where the bands are attached to the bar from the base of a ...
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rounded shoulders in planks

Recently , I record my self doing planks and squats. After I was supposing I am doing them right, I detect that: during planks: my sholders are directed down and they are making my upper back to ...
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How to fail in a squat-rack

At my gym we have a squat-rack similar to this one: I can lower myself if I fail a squat, and the bar ends up on the bars on the side. But I wonder what to do if I lose my balance and stumble either ...
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Forcefully exhaling during heavy squats

On max effort days when I lift weights at ~95% or more of whatever I'll achieve on that day, I am unable to keep my breath in the middle of the concentric part. A recent attempt at 130 kg @ 87 kg, ...
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Squatting a day after Deadlift

In my Push Pull Leg Split, I'll be doing Deadlift on Pull day and next day, i.e leg day, I'll be doing Squats. Is there any problem doing this? Will you get any injury due to both have a great presure ...
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Stronglifts 5x5- How can I catch up on weak dead lift and bench?

I've started stronglifts 5x5 about 7 weeks ago. I have started out with a completely empty bar (20kgs) and moved up to the following: Squat 105Kg, Deadlift 102.5Kg, Bench 62.5Kg, OH Press 55Kg, Row ...
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Squats preventing shoulder impingement healing? [closed]

I’ve been rehabbing a case of shoulder impingement for several months now… I've had a couple visits to the physio since being injured and it feels like it is almost better. Originally I couldn’t do ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

I saw a physio about a year ago due to some knee problems I'd been having, and while I was there he showed me how I could adjust my form in order to squat deeper. He said for me to point my feet ...
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What's the opposite exercise to the squat?

Is there a good bodyweight antagonist exercise to the squat? In the same way the push up has the pull up or the inverted row?
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How to get rid off Squat Anxiety?

My Gym has no Squat rack so I have to do the squats with lower weights. I'm following a classic PPL program and my 5 rep maxes are: BP: 65kgx5 DL: 100kgx5 OHP: 45kgx5 Bent Over Row: 60kgx5 Squat: ...
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Can only squat extremely narrow

I'm having a lot of trouble working on my (high-bar) squat. The only way I'm able to squat to proper depth right now is with a hip wide stance, with toes pointed out very far (45 degree or even more). ...
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Why does one swing the arms backwards in a Hindu Squat?

In general, for bodyweight squats, the instructions are usually to bring your hands in front of you as you go down to counterbalance that your bodyweight is behind your feet. Hindu Squats operate the ...
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Squats for lower back pain before

I am tall close to 6 feet.I was able to do squats with 18kg weights before like more than 6 months ago and replaced it with running then i left doing exercise for legs.but one day i accidently used ...
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Is doing squats using a rack with rails defeating the purpose?

I moved recently and the gym here doesnt have a free standing squat rack. Instead it has one of these racks with rails http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/354582/file-499385451-jpg/images/Equipment/About_-...