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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Struggling with squats

    Hey, I'm trying to get physically stronger for this basketball league I'm going to be playing in. I've begun lifting weights toward this end, and I ran into a roadblock: I SUCK at squats. I don't know what the problem is...I struggle to squat plates. I can leg press around 300 lbs., not much but that seems to be a big discrepancy. Is that normal? I've always had bad knees and I just feel awkward balance-wise when I'm squatting, which keeps me from doing full ROM.

    Should I just keep trying to do squats and just put less weight on? Or are there other exercises I can do like leg press that will allow me to gain strength without squatting?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by face_UPA View Post
    Hey, I'm trying to get physically stronger for this basketball league I'm going to be playing in. I've begun lifting weights toward this end, and I ran into a roadblock: I SUCK at squats. I don't know what the problem is...I struggle to squat plates. I can leg press around 300 lbs., not much but that seems to be a big discrepancy. Is that normal? I've always had bad knees and I just feel awkward balance-wise when I'm squatting, which keeps me from doing full ROM.

    Should I just keep trying to do squats and just put less weight on? Or are there other exercises I can do like leg press that will allow me to gain strength without squatting?

    Thanks for the help.
    You need to learn correct form--start with wall squats with no weight and build up basic balance and strength over a couple of weeks, then try with the bar.

    A leg press is a leverage exercise with different machines having drastically different weights actually lifted because of their leverages.. don't use it to gauge your squat strength, it is almost never accurate because of machine differences.
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    When I was in school, we were coached some of the lifting absolutes when we did our Bigger Faster Stronger regiment. It's pretty much the same for any program or any lift as a lot of this is quite universal.

    1. Stance
    2. Spread your chest (Helps maintain a sturdy arch in your lower back, transfers work to back rather than ligaments.)
    3. Be tall
    4. Eyes forward
    5. Toes aligned
    6. knees aligned (Too far in could put strain on your MCL, Too far out, on your LCL)


    I mean anyone could give you their tips and pointers on how to squat and do it right, but getting coached by a professional, or even someone that knows how to do it properly is quite priceless. When in doubt, ask.
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    Start here and watch every single video in order. Anything and everything about squatting.
    http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_u...?v=Rq8CWv8UPAI
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    Brian that link didn't take me to any squat videos
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    Sorry, on my phone. Go to youtube and search squatrx. Start at video#1. EVERY aspect of the squat is covered in the series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian C View Post
    Sorry, on my phone. Go to youtube and search squatrx. Start at video#1. EVERY aspect of the squat is covered in the series.
    will do, thanks
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