The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
    Wannabebig New Member
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    Squat weight, (lookin for a guideline)

    Hello, Im pretty new,

    Wondering what kind of squat weight I should start out with, (approx)

    Im 24, 5'11, 150lb

    Starting HIT,

    Going to be using a barbell, not gym machine,

    Can anyone reccommend an approx weight to start with, whats about average for somone of my specs?

    Thanks
    -Arron

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    SFW! drew's Avatar
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    Start with the bar (45#) and see how your balance is. A major part of squatting is balance and form. If 45 feels too light, go to 95 and don't move up too fast until you're sure about your form. Once you get your balance right, you should be able to move up.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Ok great. thanks.!

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    heading to 195
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    i like to go all the way down.. i've been doing smith squats for awhile now, and i'm doing ATF squats with 155 set of 10.

    i'm 5'11" 175.

    works me out pretty nice.

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    I'm 6"3 and 210 lbs. I squat around 650 on a bar, but with a machine that balances it for me. I find that it is important to find a comfortable technique before getting into any serious weight. I took a couple of weeks on around 100lbs just trying to get into a position where the bar didn't dig into my shoulders.

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    That's a nice squat Ed.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Man of Troy
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    That's a nice squat Ed.
    Yeah, shame about my bench

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    Always wanted to start squatting and eventually got round to doing it. Started on the smith machine, although I was prepared to work up leg strength between this and the leg press machine before I started free squats. Initially I found that I could handle the weights in my legs but it hurt in my traps more than anything. I managed to overcome this after a few weeks or so. Not that I worked on my traps that much I just decided to get on without excuses. Will not stop doing Squats again. Just go light get the technique right then when you can go heavy and squat hard. "Heavy weights + low reps = maximum muscle mass"
    Good Luck

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