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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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    Leg curls vs Squats

    For definition and size which of the 2 would work best?

    Does squats work more body parts?

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    If you dont have any input dont answer simple as that.

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    The work in conjunction with one-another. Do BOTH!
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    Besides, what does one have to do with the other? One is for overall strength and leg mass, the other is a hamstring isolation exercise. I love fishing, but your bait stinks.
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    Squats... Pretty much the best exercise you can do... I personally don't think leg curls are useful until your at an advanced level, (and judging by the fact that your asking you haven't reached this stage).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartian View Post
    I personally don't think leg curls are useful until your at an advanced level.
    Actually, I think leg curls are an important exercise for working the knee joint. Everybody works their hamstrings while stretched (deadlift variations, GMs, etc.), the leg curl works it into a fully flexed position. Important for balance and joint health I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Actually, I think leg curls are an important exercise for working the knee joint. Everybody works their hamstrings while stretched (deadlift variations, GMs, etc.), the leg curl works it into a fully flexed position. Important for balance and joint health I think.
    Good point, I think it is important to recognise though that SQUATS are the bread and butter of any program though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartian View Post
    SQUATS are the bread and butter of any program though.
    For sure, that's a given.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugol View Post
    For definition and size which of the 2 would work best?

    Does squats work more body parts?

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    You have received some good answers. However, the original questions are apples and oranges in my opinion. Each exercise has its place but work the legs differently. Squats use far more muscles and body parts than do a leg curl. As stated above, leg curls are primarily a hamstring isolation exercise and the Squats, while hitting the hamstrings, are primarily a quad exercise. I have not seen a BB who built great legs on leg curls, but know of very few who built great legs without squats. Just my 2 cents, nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugol View Post
    If you dont have any input dont answer simple as that.
    You received a sarcastic answer because this is one of the most basic questions someone could ask yet you've been here for quite a while. If you had read the stickies or viewed any of the articles on WBB you would have come to the conclusion that squats are by far the greater mass builder and more effective exercise for leg development.

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    I squat for my main exercise then use leg curls as my accessory.
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    You're not going to get a whole lot of hamstring development from narrow squatting. Ask me about it.
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    Behemoth is right. Narrow squatting is great for the quads, not so much for the hammies. It's a good idea to include both.


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    As others have mentioned there are a lot of variables with the squat (bar position, foot angle, stance, etc.). I would start off your lower body workout with compound movements (squats) and then move into isolation movements such as leg curls or SLDL's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    As others have mentioned there are a lot of variables with the squat (bar position, foot angle, stance, etc.). I would start off your lower body workout with compound movements (squats) and then move into isolation movements such as leg curls or SLDL's.
    This is what I do. I start out with squats, then move to my isolation work with leg curls, leg extensions, SLDL's, etc. I've really noticed some improvement with definition on my inner thigh/knee area when flexed, which is huge for me. My squats and deadlifts have also gone up so long as I nail the leg curls and extensions.
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    Thank all for your answers and yes Chevelle maybe I should of check the stickies but bringing in same questions may also lead to new info. just like off road statement about working the joints and hamstrings. Sorry if upsets you man wasn't my intention, but i'am a n00b.

    Thanks again all really appreciated.

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