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    Squatting: Does it make a difference in upper body work?

    I have a question, I understand that squatting releases testosterone in your body which would help your other lifts but is it really by a significant amount. For example, my friend never squats and I squat a lot, however our bench press numbers have been progressing at a similar rate. Is the difference really significant? Either way, I will still do squats but I just want to know how much it really helps.

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    supposedly alot, although my gym buddy squats and i have only just started squatting, and even while i wasnt squatting my lifts was progressing twice as quick as his
    but i guess that could come down to alot of factors
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    depends who you ask

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    anecdotally speaking, restarting lower body work had huge impact on me after recovering from an injury impairing my lower body work for 7-8 months.

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    Squats, reportedly, cause the body to excrete more human growth hormone, and testosterone, than, say, leg press/hip sled.

    That's why squats have a positive effect on the rest of the body's growth and strength.
    (Plus squats incorporate more stabilizer muscles than a leg press machine

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    By far the greatest benefit of squats for your upper body is overall strength.

    There are two components of strength.

    1) Contractile capability

    ie: Force the individual muscles can produce

    2) Neurological Efficiency

    ie: The signal to your muscles to contract

    In conclusion if you want to bench 300 make it your goal to squat 300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holto
    By far the greatest benefit of squats for your upper body is overall strength.

    There are two components of strength.

    1) Contractile capability

    ie: Force the individual muscles can produce

    2) Neurological Efficiency

    ie: The signal to your muscles to contract

    In conclusion if you want to bench 300 make it your goal to squat 300.
    I agree that squats definitely have a great positive impact on all upper body work. But, if you can bench 300 and only squat 300 something is wrong...
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    the way i see it, you don't work lower body, not worth posting on WBB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Crippler
    If you don't work legs you might as well go on www.wannawearpants24/7.com
    Hmmm... link not working... The site sounds interesting! PM me if it comes back up...


    Oh, as far as squats... Who cares if they make any difference in upper body lifts... They make your wang bigger and woodies harder!
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    na big quads= tiny wang
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
    na big quads= tiny wang
    Joke?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder
    Oh, as far as squats... Who cares if they make any difference in upper body lifts... They make your wang bigger and woodies harder!
    Especially if you're a chick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
    Yes, it was a joke
    its true though

    i believe it was arnold that said his big muscles made his johnson look smaller

    anyway back on topic... i think it does. i know it helped me with my core power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albanat0r
    its true though

    i believe it was arnold that said his big muscles made his johnson look smaller

    anyway back on topic... i think it does. i know it helped me with my core power.
    Well, when you've gotta role it up in your sock anyway....
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    Im gonna go against the grain, i think the beef with testosterone is all baloney (foney).

    Take a look at the guys who are bench specialists, or guys in wheel chairs. Some of the best arms ive seen have been on guys in wheelchairs and last time i checked they dont do squats.
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    The explosiveness helps your bench too, push with your whole body up. Squatting also helps your back handle the weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big-Andy
    Im gonna go against the grain, i think the beef with testosterone is all baloney (foney).

    Take a look at the guys who are bench specialists, or guys in wheel chairs. Some of the best arms ive seen have been on guys in wheelchairs and last time i checked they dont do squats.
    Ok....

    Testosterone helps you build muscle, squats may increase the amount of testosterone for a minute but keep in mind; so does most other excersizes. Squats are a lowerbody and core workout, they shouldnt be building your arm strength unless you are doing them in some abnormal way.

    AS for the wheel chairs, of course their arms are bigger then everyone elses! They use them 24/7, ANYTIME they want to go somewhere! No matter how many weights you do you cannot compare to strength like that!
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    A lot of people in my gym have proving you don't need to squat to make gains on upper body, now whether you want to look ridiculous while wearing shorts is up to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopianhopes
    A lot of people in my gym have proving you don't need to squat to make gains on upper body, now whether you want to look ridiculous while wearing shorts is up to you.
    Exactly!
    The only limits are the one's you place on yourself...

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    Who cares if it helps your chest or not. It helps your legs. Plus you get to move some good weight and not little girly weight like most lifts.
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    squat to develop your chest
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    In my experience there is a huge link between squats and overall gains. I have a whole day devoted to squats were I squat 6 working sets. Usually the 6th being 20 rep breathing squats.
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