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    Wendler speaks again!

    Strength gold:

    "TM: In the last installment of Blood and Chalk, you gave some suggestions on choosing the right assistance lifts to bring up the deadlift. On a similar note, what are the best lifts to bring up the squat?

    JW: I knew when I addressed the deadlift last month that this question was coming, so I've prepared accordingly.

    You have to squat. And do lots of squats.

    Are you squatting? **** you if you lied to me in the first question.

    See you next month!

    Oh all right, here's a few more:

    Strengthen your hamstrings with glute ham raises or something similar (please don't ask).

    Best lift for overall strength? The deadlift.

    Best for lower back? Good mornings or back raises to build the low back, and also hamstrings and glutes.

    For Quads? Lunges or leg presses.

    For Abs? Weighted sit-ups.

    You should be doing all this stuff anyway — and if you aren't, why not? Did you hop on the latest bandwagon? Did weighted sit-ups and good mornings suddenly become non-awesome?"
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    Wendler's stuff has always been great. Always.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Quote Originally Posted by xMeat_Headx View Post
    You have to squat. And do lots of squats.

    Are you squatting? **** you if you lied to me in the first question.

    See you next month!
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    I'm guilty for not doing weighted sit-ups. Is that done by holding a weighted plate in front of your chest or rested on your chest with arms crossed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtteg_x View Post
    I'm guilty for not doing weighted sit-ups. Is that done by holding a weighted plate in front of your chest or rested on your chest with arms crossed?
    Behind your head. They are much harder that way too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xMeat_Headx View Post

    For Quads? [...] leg presses.
    this is true even if training for strength? i don't like machines at all. Should i change my mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtteg_x View Post
    I'm guilty for not doing weighted sit-ups. Is that done by holding a weighted plate in front of your chest or rested on your chest with arms crossed?
    It does not matter.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Quote Originally Posted by shutUpAndSquat View Post
    this is true even if training for strength? i don't like machines at all. Should i change my mind?
    I don't know why he suggested leg press; most people leg press with their feet relatively high on the platform which incorporates more hamstrings anyway.

    Just stick with lunges (standing/walking) or front squats and that should give you plenty of quad work. Step-ups are another one that you can work in once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtteg_x View Post
    I'm guilty for not doing weighted sit-ups. Is that done by holding a weighted plate in front of your chest or rested on your chest with arms crossed?
    From the book:
    "You can use bodyweight, or you can hold a plate behind your head, but please don’t be that guy who does them while holding a plate, dumbbell – or, even worse, a medicine ball – on his chest. This is lame, and it doesn’t do anything. Hold the weight behind your head and prepare to be humbled."

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    "In conclusion, women should squat and bench and deadlift and press just like those with the hang low."

    LMAO!! That's one way to dispel a myth!
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    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
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