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What is a "good morning"? Just to add context, a "good morning" is when you're doing a squat, you go down to the lowest point, but then you extend the knees without maintaining an upright back. This results in the butt being raised up, but not the chest, so you're just bending forward, with a lot of weight on your neck rather than your shoulders. Then you ...


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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is not something you should use to gauge the efficiency of your workouts. It's mostly only experienced when your body gets put through something it's not used to. In essence, it's not anything you need to aim for. But in terms of getting variety into your workout regimen, it's a good indicator of "hey, this is new", ...


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Not being able to do a heels-on-the-ground 3rd world squat is a major mobility problem in my opinion. If I were you, I'd do the following: Squat all the time. At least a half-dozen times a day, stop whatever you're doing and practice your third-world squat. Use a table or door for balance until you can do it without one. Spend some time down there. Tell ...


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When you lift heavy deadlifts and squats, your whole body is under high compressive force. The muscles squeeze your blood vessels, which increases the hydrostatic pressure of your circulatory system. In other words, your blood pressures spikes up during the lift. The body attempts to restore homeostasis during the lift by engaging physiological responses ...


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The underlying basic principle to exercise is the concept that in order to force your body to get stronger, you have to demand more from your body than you have in the past. This same principle is at work whether you are a beginner or very advanced. When the body adapts to the increased demands, it does so with a little room to spare. This is called ...


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A workout should ideally follow a relatively strict ordering. (Warm-up) High-skill/coordination exercises or movements which you are still learning, e.g. agility drills, Olympic lifts, gymnastics Speed drills or explosive efforts, e.g. sprints, throws, Olympic lifts, power variants of the Olympic lifts Strength exercises, e.g. squats, deadlifts, presses, ...


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Ideally, your knees travel out directly in the same line as where your toes are pointing, and your toes should be pointing out at somewhere between 20° and 45° from a line drawn perpendicular to your torso straight out in front of you. If your knees are collapsing in, yes, it is poor form. It indicates that you have relatively weak leg abduction. (Remember,...


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Lower back soreness can be indicative of bad form or it can be indicative of heavy barbell squats. It's impossible to tell which from just the information that it makes you sore. This is because heavy squats are not a leg exercise: they are a legs, butt, lower back, and upper back exercise. The lower back is generally the point of failure in maximally ...


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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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You're already doing the first and most important thing: you're working the upper body more than your lower, since you're on GreySkull LP rather than a more squat-and-lower-body-pull program like StrongLifts or Starting Strength. It is important to note that you're entering the realm of bodybuilding at this point: developing aesthetics instead of strength, ...


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Squatting through the full range, or “ass to the grass”, is entirely natural for anyone who possesses normal, healthy function. Once we can stand and walk confidently—that is, by about 1½ or 2 years of age—we all squat to the ground effortlessly, with a neutral spine and with our (proportionally large) head perfectly positioned over our centre of balance. ...


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As a fellow big-legged lifter, I think you are over-worried about the leg development. There's several reasons for doing squats, including posterior chain development. What I've noticed is that the legs are going to be where they are. If you are predisposed to have big legs/glutes/calves, they aren't going to get a lot larger than when they start out. I'...


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If you are doing it in proper form, it'll build your middle back, lower back, glutes, legs and it'll also help strength the sides of the abs. Your shoulders and traps should see almost no change. You do get your traps sore because of all the weight that is resting on top of them but you are not putting them under tension. If you want to build your ...


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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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The soreness that you experience is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). What causes it? When you exercise, the muscles get damaged. That damage is a signal for the muscle to grow and get stronger. That signal stimulates inflammation. Any inflammatory process produces local pain. Why is it delayed? It takes a day or two for the training-induced ...


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I would try and avoid smith machine squats for the time being. They take away a lot of the supporting strength from traditional barbell squats, and lock you into a very linear movement (i.e. up and down). I'd also avoid the leg press as your main lower body movement, as it doesn't involve the spinal erectors as traditional squats do. Instead, you could ...


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Shin splints tend only to be affected by impact exercises—running, skipping, and jumping—or exercises that load the tibialis anterior. Squats and deadlifts should neither aggravate your shin splints, nor be adversely affected by them. If you are squatting deeply, however, the acute dorsi flexion required of the ankles may cause you discomfort. If so, you can ...


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If you are dumping the bar every time, you are going to failure--not AMRAP. There is a big difference. Every place I've seen AMRAP defined, it's as many good reps as possible, with 1-2 reps left in the tank. If form breaks down, or you aren't getting to full depth, your set needs to be over. That said, I have experienced the light-headedness you are ...


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As a 22 year old former college football and track player who is suffering from previous injuries, including a fairly severe back injury, I would advise that unless you are going to seriously compete in athletic events, I would stay away from very heavy lifts even if you didn't previously get injured. What I have learned over my 16 years of athletics and ...


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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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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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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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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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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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You started squatting more so you would get better at squatting. It sounds like your plan is working. You're better at squatting since you squat more. One part of being better at squatting is that squatting doesn't make you sore. Two concerns: one, it's not clear what you mean by "attempted squat 5 failed attempts", which sounds a bit reckless. Two, if your ...


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As commented by others, without seeing a video of your form or knowing a bit more information it is hard to say if you are doing proper form 100%. Even then, sometimes what one person feels is proper form and causes 0 pain, someone else might have a different reaction. I find this true especially with squats. You might want to pay attention to how straight ...


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Check out Limber 11 by a guy called Joe DeFranco. It's a few exercises/stretches which really helped me with my squat form. I used to have pain in the front of my hip when squatting but I started doing this 3 times a week and I noticed improvements after only a few days. Your lower back will also thank you for doing this. Some of the exercises require a bit ...


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