Strength Standards: Where does your squat rank?
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11-17-2010, 10:10 AM
Join Date: Jun 2005
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The knees are one thing, but if you do squats properly, they shouldn't hurt your back at all. I'm 175 pounds, doing about 320 at this point (usually hit a 2 set by the time I make my way up there), my back feels fine after each workout. Even with the knees, most people make the mistake of not going all the way down. That's a sure way to screw up your knees. Gotta go ass to the floor (or as low as you can go) otherwise you're just wasting your time and increasing your chance of hurting yourself.
Either way, Squats are a powerhouse exercise along with dead lifts. They supply you with such a great amount of strength. Also since they work out so many muscles (and large ones at that), they boost your testosterone levels more than any others. They're just all around great for building muscle. You can't build a house without a good strong foundation.
Oh yea I know that there's nothing to worry about done properly, I just don't want to risk messing up form because I put too much on...and **** up my back. And I do full squats...nothing funnier than seeing tough guys at the gym trying to seem strong by adding 50-80 lbs more than they're capable of and moving the bar less than a foot through a 'rep'.
And since I do squats as my final lift of the 'quad' portion of my leg day, I think it works out pretty well.
I also do deadlifts, but not straight bar...trap bar deadlifts. Once again, little worried about my back being in a bad position reaching forward over my legs if I did the straight bar.
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