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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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    Easy Question

    Hi everyone, I have been working out for a while now, and while I have made tremendous gains, I just started doing squats. (yeah I know, please don't flame me). Anyways, I was just wondering what the correct ROM of squats are without the rack. I tried doing all the way down but that feels to put a lot of bad stress on the knees. Just wondering if, when doing squats without the rack, you are to do them just part of the way down (say with a 90 degree angle on the legs). Anyways thanks for any input!
    PS, just because I didn't do squats doesn't mean I do not work legs, I have been working legs for a while, just neglected to incorporate squats in my routine.
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    I use a kinda low weight because I can't clean anywhere near what I can squat, I go really low. Go as low as you like, depends on how much weight you're using and if you have a spotter.
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    I'm not sure what you mean by " with out the rack". Do you mean no rack at all or are you talking about a Smith machine? It really doesn't matter because you should always take your thighs to at least parallel to the floor or a little past. I've heard there is something called partial squats but I would never bother with them.
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    I was talking about doign squats with just the BB. thanks for the input
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    Were you doing them on a Smith machine before?
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    Generally speaking...

    Keep your lower back slightly arched. Stare straight ahead or slightly upwards.

    When you go down into the hole....think of sitting on the toilet. You don't want to lean forward or else you'll mess up your lower back (especially if you're going heavy). Also, you don't want you're knees going over your toes as that will cause knee damage...try to keep you knees as perpendicular to the floor as possible.

    As for depth...that's been a topic for debate. Personally, I like to go at least below parallel if not ass to the floor. Even partials have their place but as a good starting point, try to get to at least parallel or just a bit below (provided you're flexible enough).

    Lastly, this is definitely one of those exercises where proper technique is a must. Start slow and eventually the weight will come.

    Later and good luck

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    nope, wasn't doing them before actually. I just started doing squats just the other day, and while I really feel great results in that they feel really worked, I feel that there is a lot of stress on the knees which cannot be good for them in the long run.
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    Squats won't hurt your knees in the long run. I'm pretty sure that squats are actually good for your knees. Interestingly enough though I've heard that leg extensions are hard on the knees.
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