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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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    wall squats (facing)

    how many of you can actually do these without falling over? do you do them slow and controlled or fast and bouncy?

    this doesn't make sense to me. I just squatted down in front of a wall with my forehead, knees and toes touching, and I had to hold onto something just to stay upright. I also don't know what they would be good for, thoughts?
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    IMO if you dont know what they are good for you shoudnt do them.
    Everything in your training arsenal should have a clear purpose or its a waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppoole2003 View Post
    IMO if you dont know what they are good for you shoudnt do them.
    Everything in your training arsenal should have a clear purpose or its a waste.
    I didn't say I was adding them to my 'arsenal'. I just happened to come across them and try them for fun. After failing it made me wonder wtf they were for and if anybody else had done the same thing.
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    I use them to teach high school kids how to squat correctly. It forces you to sit back on your heels. Wall squats and Goblet squats make my life a lot easier.

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    I like to perform wall squats as a warmup and to help me keep my squat form in check. IMO, that's what they are best for. I do them slow and controlled. Sometimes with a broomstick or a mini band around my knees to make me force my knees out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    I like to perform wall squats as a warmup and to help me keep my squat form in check. IMO, that's what they are best for. I do them slow and controlled. Sometimes with a broomstick or a mini band around my knees to make me force my knees out.
    do you hold onto a dumbbell or anything so you don't fall backwards? It just befuddles me how your center of gravity is so thrown off yet you guys can do them without falling backwards.
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    When I have a client that leans forward too much I put them in front of a wall....
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    One thing Jake, how close of a stance did you use? A narrow stance makes it extremely tough to stay off the wall or falling back. A medium to wide stance works for me(my comp stance)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSully View Post
    do you hold onto a dumbbell or anything so you don't fall backwards? It just befuddles me how your center of gravity is so thrown off yet you guys can do them without falling backwards.
    No, I havent done them with DB's...but I have done them with a cambared bar and some 10lb plates. I mainly do them with a broomstick.

    Maybe you are doing them wrong. Are performing them like a free squat? Are you going straight up and down or are you sitting back by starting with your hips? Also, like BC said, what kind of stance are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Maybe you are doing them wrong. Are performing them like a free squat? Are you going straight up and down or are you sitting back by starting with your hips? Also, like BC said, what kind of stance are you using?
    I sat back by starting with my hips. My stance was about the same as my PL squat, about 2-4" outside shoulder width. I just tried again and as soon as I drop into the hole, my center of gravity was so far behind me I fell backwards, lol.. When I squat usually, my knees are parallel with or behind my toes, but my head/upper body is forward enough to counter my loss of balance. Is this a flexibility issue? weak hams/glutes? thoughts?

    EDIT: I just did it again with my toes 3" out from the wall and had no issues at all, knees were behind my toes and forehead was touching the wall..
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    Maybe that's what your problem is, you were probably too close to the wall. My feet are usually about 2-3" away from the wall.
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    OH, I thought toes had to be touching the wall.. that makes more sense now
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSully View Post
    OH, I thought toes had to be touching the wall.. that makes more sense now
    No, I'm sure some can but I can't.
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