I have one of those big exercise balls that you can inflate, they are popular with some gyms... I recently started leaning on it for back support and doing dumbell squats, I got the most incredible workout from it, and could barely walk for a few days... so I know it works,.
I like using the ball cause it prevents me from falling over, and I can put my legs further away from my body, kind of the way you do on a leg press machine... then I can bend down without my knees being over my feet..
But is it okay to do squats this way, or is there a disadvantage? Is this better to have back support, or is this weakening me in other areas?
It sounds like you are doing a variation of a squat. I would stick to just plain old regular squatting. Someone correct me if i'm wrong but it is alright for your knees to go past your feet as long as they are tracking in the same direction as your toes.
^ That's what I've heard.
I would try to learn to squat free and use the ball for variety.
I'm not sure what size ball you're talking about. I think a comparable exercise to what you're doing is like sitting low against the wall with no chair. More quad muscle endurance than anything I would think.
Last edited by CiteCollegiale; 07-04-2007 at 05:40 PM.
Well, I assume muscle soreness means that my muscles got damaged (in a good way) and the body needs to repair them, hence more size... I see more definition in my legs since I started this ball thing...
Soreness means nothing..
thought one thing popped into my head.. With using the medecine ball as support.. I doubt you could go atf...
Just do normal squats! Suck it up, and squat!
If you work your muscles from a different angle than they are used to moving you will be sore. That doesn't mean you are doing anything better. No one fully understands DOMS, but it is known that soreness doesn't necessarily mean a better workout.
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Medicine ball squats are useful for training the movement particularly if you have balance issues as I do.
So something like a couple of weeks worth of box squats, medicine ball squats, diamond bar squats, etc. followed up by six to eight weeks of regular squats might be helpful. It sounds to me as if you might have a strength imbalance (i.e., hams as opposed to quads), but I could be wrong. The supplementary movements may help you get past the speed bump and back to regular lifting.