Are ATF squats that much more difficult that true parallel squats?
I ask because I started out doing parallel squats, and decided to try ATF squats today. Boy, was that a huge freakin' peice of humble pie. I was barely able to do 1x5 of 50 lbs less than I had been doing on parallel. It felt like it was impossible to get out of the 'hole' at the bottom of the squat.
Is this difference due to the fact that ATF is that much harder, or just because I need to get used to the motion and balance associated with the bottom half of the squat?
it's that much harder. Think of how much further you have to move the weight.
Tricky question. I guess neither is harder in the pure sense. Rather the atg requires more range, flexibility and balanced.
I full squat 484 raw, I cant parallel 400. GO figure.
Being a strong teenager means nothing.
My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.
Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.
You have to get used to the balance and the motion. I've had to "retrain" myself a few times on my squat form to get all the way down. I can't go until my ass hits my ankles, but I get as low as I can, which is way past parallel.
You should see results doing atf's. Make sure you don't relax your legs/knees at the bottom or bounce at the bottom. It has to be controlled down and burst up.
Give chalk a chance.
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I think that atf are better for overall growth and progress but paralell is much better for powerlifting/strongman comp where you want minimum possible ROM and maximum weight/reps
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I have a friend at school who is just like you. He can full squat more than he can parallel. He's a thrower on our track and field team. I don't make him do parallel squats though, I like him to keep moving fast
Really it just depends on your goals
could somebody video themselves doing atf squats, i want to see your back when you get low to the ground
everytime my back..or butt kinda lowers and bends a little at the bottom, cant really control it...
I had always heard that any rounding of the lower back was a definite no-no. True?
I go as low as I can while maintaining the flat back set, which for me is just below parallel. I had been one of your typical gym 1/4 squatters. It's what everyone was doing. Plus most training books don't properly show the full bottom position.
I've recently started honestly training my squat form. Weight went way down for me as well. Working on getting the flexibility to go ATG, but not there yet.
It is currently a fad, at this writing, for boys to think they need a "six pack", although most of them don't have an ice chest to put it in.
There's a difference between a small degree of movement and full out lumbar flexion. Those squats look good, clever, minus the forward knee movement at the bottom.