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Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Guitar_maniac on Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:56 am

I do deep squats with 50kg, i struggle on the lower end, but after i go past the 90 degrees on my knees coming up, i feel nothing anymore. Feels the weight in there is nothing. So i tried just doing the lower part with that weight, stopped at the point where my knees were bent 90 degrees, and went back down.

I've never felt such burn! Have you guys done anything like this, or is this a normal exercise that i just happened to stumble upon?
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Journeyman on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:02 am

Some people do 'one and a halfs' and some bodybuilders will do just the bottom portion for reps, or whatnot.



You should have a purpose for doing something other than 'teh burnn!!!' though. Most non-machine lifts/exercises have certain sticking points depending on your form, leverages, etc. so better get used to them.
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Guitar_maniac on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:10 am

There is o purpose yes :D To become stronger, i'm weak in the bottom. I know it's harder of course, but that seemed to train legs pretty good.
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Journeyman on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:18 am

What is your best full squat and at what bodyweight?
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Guitar_maniac on Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:45 pm

Best is about 60kg, my back starts bending at the ground and i can't lift with my legs anymore if i go over that. I weight ~86kg.
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Dave on Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:09 pm

Tight ankles?
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Journeyman on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:43 pm

...Then you have no business mucking about with stuff like that, to be honest. Find a stance that allows you to go deep comfortably, work your ankle mobility (dorsiflexion) and in the meantime find a squat variant that you can actually go to proper depth on (goblet squats or possibly sandbag or zercher would be a good idea).

When you can squat over 2x bodyweight with good form and full range, and hit a snag in progress, then you can worry about using special variants to bring it up. Seriously, work on being able to squat properly first... then worry about squatting more than your bodyweight... then get some decent base strength.
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Fatman on Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:39 am

Guitar_maniac wrote:I've never felt such burn! Have you guys done anything like this, or is this a normal exercise that i just happened to stumble upon?

I've experimented a bit with only doing the bottom range of squats (slightly below parallel to slightly above parallel). It did produce a terrific burn, but not so much in the legs, more in the hips and such.

Also if you can do these bottom reps with 50kg, you are probably capable of more than 60kg in the full squat. I did them with less than a third of my max and barely made it out alive :)

If your purpose is to get stronger, a better variation would be paused squats. Drop the weight to like 40kg, squat down, pause at the bottom for 1-2 seconds, come back up. In fact, there's no reason not to do all your squats this way. You'll build up the weight quickly.
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Re: Something i was testing with deep squats.

Post by Journeyman on Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:32 pm

That's true. In fact, pause squats are a very good idea (and definitely worth doing at your current level, OP).
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Post by Guitar_maniac on Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:35 pm

I'll test pause squats on monday.
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