First of all, hello everybody! I've lurked here for a while, so I know my way around. I just have a question: How effective have you found DB squats to be? I'm unable to do BB squats, unfortunately, so I've been looking around for alternatives. Obviously BB squats would be the better exercise, but will DB squats be worth doing 2-3 times a week? Thanks everybody!
I'm sure it's much better than no squats at all!
Why can't you barbell squat?
Unless you have very heavy dumbbells, I don't see it being worth your time. Dumbbell lunges, maybe.
The results you are hoping to get won't occur unless you buy some quality equipment for your home or buy a gym membership. An inconvenient truth, but true nonetheless. Some gyms offer memberships for 10-20 bucks a month.
You can also try front squats. Clean the weight up to your shoulders and squat. They're harder to do infront so that makes up for the lighter weight.
Lunges and Jump Squats
Lunges and split squats will probably be your best option for now.
You could also build a tire sled pretty cheaply. That could be used for additional work.
I've done them off and on in the past to mix things up and I find them to be very good as an alternative...I guess its different for everyone though...
Best to get a squat rack for your home if you have room for it. There are designs for squat racks for one to build, even using lumber, that are sturdy.
Or there is the Gerard trap bar, or another trap bar, then you do not have to get the bar over your head when you have worked hard. Some folks have less success with a trap bar, it seems like body mechanics for certain individuals is not so good, that or how people lift. I can get pretty much of a squat doing the trap bar lift.
I have a difficult time with front squats, or I think they would be good for me, for my back. as tje postuire is straighter. My elbows hurt when I t ry to rest the bar back after cleaning it. I have some growth, my doctor said, from an injury that inhibits movement of one elbow.
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