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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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    Form over function, squatting question.

    Ok, so I am working on my squat form. I am finding it very difficult to keep my heel secured on the ground when I bottom out. Is this something I should focus on correcting, or would it be within acceptable form to use the ball of my feet when I am pushing up?

    I don't want to get lazy with form, that's my biggest concern to protect my back and knees.

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    then DO NOT squat on the balls of your feet.


    Stop bending your ankles so much and sit BACK.

    The journal / I live here.

    If I were to start from scratch as a young 13 year old again, I would do every press, squat, and perhaps deadlifts, for my entire career with chains. -- Dan John

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    Translation: Learn to squat on the flats of my feet.

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    Thanks Built, I'll try that next time.

    I'm going to take it nice and slow, so I've got plenty of time to get the form correct.

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    I started squatting when I was fat and out of shape, and I just squatted my BODY. I gradually added dumbbells, worked my way up to 20 lbs a side, then I could handle the bar.

    I gradually added weight to the Oly bar a little at a time.

    Take it slow, go all the way down, ass out, chest out, strong arch.

    Glad you're digging the lifting.

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    Also, try widening your stance a bit until you get more flexibility.

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    :withstupi

    You'll likely want to narrow it up a bit over time, but this is a very good idea while you're getting the form down.

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    Every bit of advice is apperciated!

    You know you're hooked when you can't wait to go to the gym and try out new ideas.

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    Sit back. Drive with your heels.

    Listen, if you fall forward while squatting, what happens? SPLAT!
    If you fall backward while squatting, what happens? BANG! (But no splat. Get it?)

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    Sit back. Drive with your heels.

    Listen, if you fall forward while squatting, what happens? SPLAT!
    If you fall backward while squatting, what happens? BANG! (But no splat. Get it?)
    Wow, never thought of it that way. It takes time to get the form and flexibility right. Leave your ego outside, and use light weights until your form is good.

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    No splat, but I'll feel like a total moron.

    But you're right, better to be humiliated than to be dead.

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