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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Low back on the way up of squat

I need some advices to understand if my low back posture is correct while squatting. Let's consider these pictures of me, referred to the way up of squat: Picture 1): I've arrived at the parallel. I ...
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How does one lift a heavy box up from the ground?

Here are some pictures I found on how to lift a heavy box. Is this correct technique? Mainly I am trying not to hurt my lower back.
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Plie squats done wrong?

I've been trying plie squats and wall sit ups to improve the fitness of my pelvic region. However I feel most of my pressure on my thighs a little above my knees. Am I doing them wrong?
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Combining squats and deadlifts: do deadlifts on light or heavy squat day?

Currently I'm doing 3 workouts per week: Monday, Wednseday, Friday. There's two workout templates, A and B, which simply alternate. It's basically the StrongLifts 5x5 and Starting Strength approach. ...
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Squat form check (no. 2)

Gentlemen, and ladies, I would like a squat form check, please! So here is my previous squat form check. The most important advice was that I needed to slow down my descent to consistently reach depth....
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Squat form check: How to fix inconsistency in hitting depth and inconsistent torso angle?

Update: Here is a new form check request: Squat form check (no. 2) I would like a form check for my squats please. One major problem with my high-bar squats (I haven't learnt to do low-bar squats yet)...
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Hip pain when doing a back squat or front squat

I have hip pain in the side of my leg when I back or front squat. It generally feels just very tight or small pain when I first start a workout cycle, and after a couple weeks the pain gets bad enough ...
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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 ...
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Shrimp squats exercise

Are shrimps squats safe to perform as a main lift for the lower body? Bodyweight shrimp squats seem to be harder or as hard as weighted normal squats, so I thought about just ditching the two legged ...
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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?

In some video, I saw a guy showing a very effective, according to him, squat technique for working out your legs at home. The technique is such: a person should bend back, pulling their hands back ...
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Front squatting: sit 'back' or sit 'down'?

I've done plenty of front squats over the years, and a lot of those times were during PT sessions where I had a trainer to watch my form... and never really had any problems. Lately I thought I'd film ...
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Would front squats involve lower traps?

I'm currently in need of strengthening my lower traps, but I also plan to be doing a lot of front squats (for a different reason). I'm sure front squats alone wouldn't be enough to strengthen my lower ...
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Light-head after squats

I have been trying to get into regular exercising and started with a few reps of no-weight squats at home. I have high BMI of around 30 (though my bone-density is also high) for a reference. I did 15 ...
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Should squats come last in a workout-plan?

I noticed that after doing squats I become very exhausted and tired, which seems to heavily affect my performance on the exercises following afterwards. Some of my collegues insist that squats should ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

What exercises can I do for my posterior chain if I have shin splints? Can I squat or deadlift?
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Squats lagging behind deadlift

My one rep deadlift max is about 50% more than for squat. I can bench almost as much as I squat. I squat best with a fairly narrow stance and always squat deep. What might explain why my squat is ...
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During squat (front & back), is it mechanically possible to work the glutes more than the quads? How?

Title says it all. I am quad dominant. Yeah, it's bad. Trying to re-imagine myself doing some of the main exercises such as the squat, I wonder if it's possible, even for glute dominant people, to ...
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Split squats, knees over toes?

I've been doing split squats lately, partly to help strengthen my VMO I've read in a number of places that you should track your front knee over your toes in order to place more load on your VMO. But ...
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Efficient method to determine IPF squat depth?

This isn't a question about what squat depth is, however, so we're on the same page I am using the IPF's official powerlifting definition: [...] the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body ...
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Wearing tights while doing squats and deadlifts

Is it healthy to wear tights while doing squats and deadlifts? I bought a pair of tights and did some squats and deadlifts, not problems at all but I am just worried whether it is healthy to do so or ...
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Going on your toes when doing landmine squats or thrusters

When doing landmine squats or thrusters people often advise to lift the heels off the ground (sometimes called lineman squat). Like here or here Now it is often said that doing squats and thrusters ...
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Is ass to grass squat natural or a learned behaviour?

I can squat ass to grass, even lower, rest in a squat position with a barbell resting on my clavicles and chest and It is quite common for people in the gym to be able to relax in a squat position. ...
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Need help regarding hip hinge/straight leg mobility?

Am 5 6" male 61 kg, fit and active. I seem not able to stand straight and bend to reach my toes while keeping a straight back. I feel tight near my hamstrings and my back begins to round and I am ...
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Is there anything wrong with doing one-legged bodyweight squats in this way and what can I improve?

The way I heard about one legged squats is to them like this: stand, lower yourself on one leg while the other points forward, then push yourself up. When I try to do this, I don't even get my ...
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Squat accessory movements - Does the inclusion of both leg extensions and sissy squats make sense?

When considering quad accessory movements to compliment squats, does it make sense to include both leg extensions and (machine) sissy squats? Or put another way, are these exercises sufficiently ...
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How to breath and brace during squat?

I have three questions here: How do I brace my belly during a squat? I have tried bracing and inhaling before going down, then when coming back up I breath, but, this give me a bit of a headache. How ...
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Avoid tennis elbow when squatting

I took a break from barbell squats. Got diagnosed with tennis elbow, received a cortisone injection, got a medical elbow strap and haven't been doing any heavy back squats in the 3-6 rep range for ...
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is the squat a complete exercise for the legs?

This week I am starting a program of squats twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays. They will not be heavy squats, but a volume training. 10 sets of 10 reps with 100-110 Kg Squats in this case, are ...
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Squat progression to one-legged/pistol squats

I'm doing the startbodyweight.com routine. In the squat progression I find everything up to and including deep squats, close squats and beginner shrimp squats easy and I can do 20 of them without too ...
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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 ...
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Elasticity in the Squat

I've seen the term elasticity used in weightlifting. Things like touch-and-go bench press and bouncing your deadlifts repetitions For squats I've now heard it used in two different ways: You have ...
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How to improve shoulder mobility for lowbar Squats

I use a wide grip for bench and have a fairly developed chest. I struggle to get the bar into a good position for lowbar, but don't want to widen my grip as I find I get better tightness with a ...
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Why is getting up from a burpee so hard?

I'm a crossfit newbie and some colleagues from the gym and I agree that the most painful part (and the most breathe exhausting) is getting up from a burpee, that is, passing from the plank position to ...
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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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Normative ratio between squat and lunge?

I squat and deadlift with a barbell regularly. I know how much I can lift with variants of those exercises on a given day. I'd like to use that knowledge to better understand how much I should expect ...
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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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Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

So when you squat you are carrying a large amount of weight on your back as we know and I'm trying to figure out if that holding that weight on your back and shoulders would build them, too?
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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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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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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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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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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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Stronglift's Squat method bad for knees?

I have been following Stronglifts 5x5 method for a week now. I am way too overweight: Age: 21yrs, Weight: 95kg, Height: 5ft6in. I started most of the exercises with lower weights than recommended by ...
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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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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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If my lower back feels tired after squats, am I doing something wrong?

When I squat, I tend to squat very deeply. Lately I've been noticing that my lower back feels a bit worn out afterwards. It doesn't hurt - I don't feel like I've injured my back, but it feels like it'...
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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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