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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    I think that using a box will help you get comfortable really sitting back and really engaging your hams and glutes. If your calve muscle get very tired/sire I'm going to guess that you're not driving with your heals. Box squats would help you get use to performing the squat correctly and as you said above, gauge your depth.
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    Box squats may or may not help your issues. A video from a couple angles would make a lot of things clearer without us having to ask a lot of questions.
    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 Sensei View Post
    Box squats may or may not help your issues. A video from a couple angles would make a lot of things clearer without us having to ask a lot of questions.
    Well I can't squat heavy weight yet, so I can't really show a good video of me squatting, cause without weight, everybody has like perfect form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon63 View Post
    Well I can't squat heavy weight yet, so I can't really show a good video of me squatting, cause without weight, everybody has like perfect form.
    Falcon,
    I was writing to codeguru. It only needs to be heavy enough that the issues can be seen. Fwiw, many people do NOT have perfect form without weight.
    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 Sensei View Post
    Falcon,
    I was writing to codeguru. It only needs to be heavy enough that the issues can be seen. Fwiw, many people do NOT have perfect form without weight.
    Oh, my bad :P

    Once I feel comfortable squatting around 135 by myself with no rack (I know I can, but I don't feel comfortable with it yet), I'll post a video. But yeah, i always get VERY tired squatting....more than any other exercise.

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    Well, I pulled over a small little yellow chair today in lieu of a box and instantly I started pushing up using the correct form every time. As far as I can tell the chair brings my hamstrings to parallel level and I never put much weight on the chair during any rep. I may have been going down even lower than parallel before and it was causing problems or something. Thanks for the box idea, now I just have to see if I progress better this way. I actually increased my reps from 7 to 11 on my last set so proper form is looking good...

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