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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Dumbbell Squats

    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!

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    I'm sure it's much better than no squats at all!

    Why can't you barbell squat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhxdB View Post
    I'm sure it's much better than no squats at all!

    Why can't you barbell squat?
    As of right now, I can't get to a gym, and I don't have a squat rack

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    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.

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    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.

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    Lunges and Jump Squats

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    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 think I'll try DB single legged split squats for now and see how that works.

    The tire sled idea intrigues me, too.

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    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...

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by amonroe View Post
    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...
    If you're squatting 315 with a barbell, then do 60lb squats with 2 30lb dumbbells, it's not really a viable alternative to "replacing" the barbell squat. For conditioning, deload days, it'd be ok, off and on, perhaps once every few weeks or so sure, but as a replacement, not likely any decent work is getting done.
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