Squats

Discussion in 'Training' started by Michael_70, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. Michael_70

    Michael_70 Learning to Live Again

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    Hate to ask this...

    Should my thighs on squats be parallel to the floor or not? I've head if they are parallel or more (deeper) then it puts too much stress on the knees..

    Thoughts? (I know it sounds like a basic question)
     
  2. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    Originally posted by Thunder(at blc)

     
  3. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    Sorry no link. It was posted at another site that doesnt allow linking.
     
  4. Michael_70

    Michael_70 Learning to Live Again

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    Thanks for the info and reply.

    Appreciated. I'll read through it again.
     
  5. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    I'll give you the Cole's Notes version.

    Stopping at parallel sucks for your knees. :lol:
     
  6. Chelsinator

    Chelsinator Ummm...what the hell?? lol

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    No stoppy @ parallel :finger:

    ASS-TO-GRASS Mahfakkas! :D
     
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  7. jaleena

    jaleena Banned

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    Are Cole's Notes the Canadian version of Cliff Notes?
     
  8. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    Yes. :lol:
     
  9. carebearstitch

    carebearstitch Well-Known Member

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    My squats are pathetic as I can not get my a$$ to the grass. What can I do to improve? :wavesad:
     
  10. jaleena

    jaleena Banned

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    Stretch your calves and achilles, most likely, Carebear.

    Smugs, dang I'm good! :lol:
     
  11. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    What width stance do you use and do you point your toes straight ahead when you squat?
     
  12. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    It couldn't have been too hard to figure out. :lol:
     
  13. carebearstitch

    carebearstitch Well-Known Member

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    My feet are about shoulder width apart and I point my toes straight ahead. :ban3: My gym also does not have a power cage.
     
  14. accismus

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    I've heard that the lower back should not round. Is that true? What is more important, going for depth or stopping at the point where the lower back starts to round under?
     
  15. magdalynaa

    magdalynaa Jabber Jaws

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    Thunder told me to put plates under my heels when I first started doing full squats. If you elevate your heels, you can usually squat deeper. This, of course, does not solve the underlying problem with being inflexible.

    Long-term: stretching
    Short-term: elevate your heels
     
  16. carebearstitch

    carebearstitch Well-Known Member

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    I have been doing yoga for a year so shouldn't that help the flexibility issue?
     
  17. jaleena

    jaleena Banned

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    Not really. When I started, I could drop into a split any time, but couldn't hit depth. It's more calves and achilles, which isn't something normally stretched much.
     
  18. magdalynaa

    magdalynaa Jabber Jaws

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    I did a lot of hamstring stretching, and that seemed to improve my flexibility a bit. My ankles/achilles are the real problems, though. Yoga... hmm, I dunno? I'm sure it wouldn't hurt.
     
  19. jaleena

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    Both? If there's a lot of rounding, you need to work on your flexibility...you should be able to get well below parallel without rounding, while sticking your bum out and keeping an arch, or at least a flat back.
     
  20. matt

    matt Slaytanic Wehrmacht

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    I think a little rounding is ok, but if it gets excessive, fix it. If you go heavy and round over bad, you can fuck yourself up pretty good.
     

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