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    squatting heavy w/o spotter

    do any of u squat heavy (like a max) w/o a spotter? sometimes i don't have a partner, and i'd like to squat heavy again, but i'm afraid i can't rerack teh weight properly?
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    I usually set the hooks a little low. Even though I'll have to use a little energy to unrack it, I feel safer. Of course some equipment may not give you the flexibility of adjusting the hooks.
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    I tend not to go to absolute failure with anything without a spotter the risk is just too gr8. try and get someone u can train with its a whole lot better for u

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    Do it every single workout. I squat in my power cage and set the catches just below my normal squat depth.

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    I try to judge if I can do another rep or not. Only failed once, 195. I went down on one knee then dumped one side then the other. I am sure there are plenty of times when I could do another rep, but don't.

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    well, my gym has an adjustable cage, so, failing i've done b4 safely. its just reracking teh weight is hard (my legs get wobbly if i do heavy squats, and it makes it hard to walk forward and rerack, and i don't like to fail all the time w/ squats (it takes forever to take off the weight, put the bar bak up, and reput all the weight back)
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    dont squat to absolute failure
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    This is what I was thinking about. I too cannot squat to failure because I don't even have a cage, no spotter either, I just do it with a straight bar on my shoulders free to the air so if my balance is off and I am doing maximums I can expect a broken neck.

    So I cannot squat to failure.

    So instead could I just do normal weighted squats safely and then go to failure on leg curls and ham pulls?

    And are leg lunges crucial?
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    Originally posted by Jip
    This is what I was thinking about. I too cannot squat to failure because I don't even have a cage, no spotter either, I just do it with a straight bar on my shoulders free to the air so if my balance is off and I am doing maximums I can expect a broken neck.

    So I cannot squat to failure.

    So instead could I just do normal weighted squats safely and then go to failure on leg curls and ham pulls?

    And are leg lunges crucial?
    Failure is not required for muscle growth.

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    i find my form decrease before i would completely fail.
    so i do not have to worry about getting the weight up.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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