I read a thread earlier this evening but couldn't find it again...
The person talked about switching from body building to power lifting and how they had to adjust their stance for squatting.
What's the difference? Or did I misunderstand the statement?
Most times, a powerlifting squat would be wider than a bodybuilding squat to bring the hips, glutes and back more into play. This typically will allow you to move more weight which is what a powerlifter strives for. What are your lifting goals?
powerlifting - wider stance, low bar position, hips travel back further, more upper body lean
full squats (atg, olympic, etc) - narrower stance, high bar position, hips travel back less, upper body upright
Thanks guys... My goals are to thicken up. I'm currently 185 and @ 11% bf. Trying to maintain this weight and get below 10% bf in the next month or so.
As far as legs go I just want more definition. I'm not looking to set records powerlifting so size and definition are my goals. Shooting for a lean, cut 190-195 by my 40th b-day in Feb... That way I can properly start my mid-life crisis!
Am I to assume full squats will work better for my goal?
I would think full squats would be the ticket. My typical leg day (I go wider stance on squats) is 2-3 sets of warmup squats, 135, 225 & 315. Then stack on the weight - Monday was 525, working my way up to (hopefully) 600+. Then I end with a set of 20 reppers. Monday was 315. Brutal. My legs are quite lean.
Long story but the gym I go to only allowed us to do squats on the Smith Machine for insurance reasons? Just started doing real squats a few weeks ago so 305 is as high as I've gone with a working set. I'll shoot for somewhere @ 400 in the next month or so as I get more comfortable with the movement.
My plan is now - narrow stance, high bar position and finish off with a burn-out set unless someone here tells me different.
Originally Posted by Getting tired
It might take a bit longer than a month to get to working sets with 400 with where you are at right now, but good luck. My opinion on stance, do what is comfortable for your bodytype and make sure you are getting past parallell. As stated a wider stance will usually allow you to move more weight. Do what allows you to move the most weight, safely, while doing the exercise properly. I think you also might want to stick to doing sets of 5 or even 3 right now if you are still getting used to squatting. 20 rep squats or as you said "burn outs" require a concentration to form you might just not have yet. Your form can go to crap when you fatigue quickly. Wait a little bit on these. And as we all know leg "definition" will be the result of diet rather than what exercise is chosen. Make your legs bigger by using heavy weight, diet down the bodyfat, and they will be defined.
I think I can go higher weight than I'm using now but don't want to hurt myself just to say I pushed the weight. I always try to push a little more weight than I did during the previous workout but if I never see 400 lbs I'm okay as long as I get the results I want.
I'm going to paralell but not below so I'll probably lower the weight when I work legs next Tuesday and concentrate on form.
What's considered a wide stance? I'm standing with my feet @ shoulder width.
Getting tired, I looked but didn't see it in there, how tall are you? I am 6' 1" and for some time had gone about shoulder width, maybe a little narrower. I made my stance wider after some work with it in the anticipation of handling heavier loads in the future. Maybe check out some of the Westside guys and their stances, they are super wide. I don't have my feet that wide, but I am beyond shoulder width now. Again, I think it comes down to what remains comfortable for you while allowing you to handle the heavier loads.
5'11" and 185 lbs... Just read the thread about the wide stance and sore/pulled groin... I think I'll play with my stance over the next few weeks and just see what's comfortable.