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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 09:25
Amzippity Amzippity is offline
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I've been trying to start incorporating squats into my workout. I really want to be able to do full squats, but my butt just doesnt want to go down that far!
I've been practicing without weight, then with an 8lb bar, just so I can get the form down and not feel like I'm about to fall over.
However, it seems that I just cant get past parrallel. My butt will go down further if I raise my heels, but I know that's not proper form. Somewhere I read somethign about wearing shoes with heels to help get down into a full squat.

What do you all think? What's my best bet for getting down into a full squat?
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 09:49
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Before you try this, check it out in a book or with one of the more experienced lifters, but I do believe I have read and seen pictures of people doing squats with a 10 lb plate under each heel for just the reason you described.

Anybody wanna tell me I'm full of it? LOL

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Friday
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 10:19
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Good advice Friday...that is exactly what I reccomended to someone else on here..it really helps balance, and hits the quads nicely.
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 10:22
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Cool! I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem and that there's a good solution. I'm not sure about my balance being better with my heels on plates, but I'll give it a shot and try without weights first! Otherwise I can just seem myself twisting an ankle with a bar on my shoulders. ouch!
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 10:22
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 10:24
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Cool! I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem and that there's a good solution. I'm not sure about my balance being better with my heels on plates, but I'll give it a shot and try without weights first! Otherwise I can just seem myself twisting an ankle with a bar on my shoulders. ouch!


it really is not that hard..you can use 5lb plates too (a little less elevation)..it may take you one or two times to get your balance right, but it is easier than it sounds. I used 25lb plates for mine...worked wonders for hittingthe muscles a new way.
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 10:51
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Well, or you could try squats wearing CFM pumps. Your form would suck, and you could probably barely lift the bar, but.... no one but you would notice.

*ducking and running*

Friday
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 11:24
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I dont even know what CFM pumps are! I assume some type of heels?

I think I'll be okay with the plates - It's just that I'm one of the klutziest people I know! I'm always banging into things, dropping things and tripping over things. I'll just have to be extra careful.
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 11:30
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weight under the heels work great, besides inflexibility, bodystructure has a lot to do with your squat form. You also might want to try really widening your stance, this will hit your glutes more. As a stretch... sit in the bottom position and SLOWLY move your hips around a little to loosen them up.

I've been known to do squats in my 5" heels - for practical purposes only!! Really! I had to practice actually being able to function in them - not to mention be able to dance, but it really hit the quads when your heels are up that high, lol.
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CFM = Come F*** Me

<whistles innocently...>
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CFM = Come F*** Me

<whistles innocently...>



who would have guessed we could count on you for a definition
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 11:40
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Oh dear - I guess my (bad) reputation preceeds me...
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 11:42
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he he he... Friday just PMed me to tell me what CFM was too!

I'm guess I'm just an innocent!

(I have to pick me up a pair of those!)
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 11:44
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LOL, yeah, that's why Built has the rep and not me. I go and whisper quietly in ppl's ears. Built just puts it right out there.

*brazen grin*

Friday
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Old Thu, Jul-29-04, 11:46
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Built, don't feel bad, tho - I got tossed off the singles thread for trying to explain why a mature, well adjusted person might *like* being spanked....

*big kitten eyes*

Cheers,

Friday
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