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Old 03-28-2005, 12:48 PM   #1
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"Fake" squat

when I work legs I dont do the normal squat, I do the sqat machine which i call fake squat, you are basically doin the squat but ur leaning up against the pad on and angle. not the 180 degree drop of a normal squat. Is this machine still effective?

 
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when I work legs I dont do the normal squat, I do the sqat machine which i call fake squat, you are basically doin the squat but ur leaning up against the pad on and angle. not the 180 degree drop of a normal squat. Is this machine still effective?
Lotta people do squats that way. It's like doing squats with a stability ball.

Do you have a Smith at your gym. Try it with that.

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Old 03-28-2005, 01:16 PM   #3
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Re: "Fake" squat

It works legs but there is absolutely no substitute for Squats. NO SUBSTITUTE - not smith machine, not leg press, not hacks. Squats are the single best exercise you can do. If you have no contraindications do to health you are cheating yourself by not squatting.

As far as squatting with a ball or training with a ball. Balls should be reserved for golf, baseball and football. I would NEVER train someone with a ball.

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Old 03-28-2005, 01:55 PM   #4
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Here Here......I agree! There's no alternative to real squats! If you're gonna involve the balls and other "weak" alternatives, you might as well just do leg presses (they're very helpful toward leg development)
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Old 03-28-2005, 02:12 PM   #5
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Re: "Fake" squat

is the squat really that great? what makes it so good? I do do leg presses as well. Heres my leg routine, id like to know if its ok.

quad machine (1 leg at a time (3 X 10 at 50 lbs)
hamstring machine (3X10 at 100 lbs)
leg press (3 X 10 at 340 lbs)
calf raise machine (3 X 12 at 120 lbs)
fake squat (3 X 10 at 450 lbs) (the fact that i can do that many reps at that weight is enough to convice me the machine is far infirior to a real squat)

how does that routine and weight used look? (im 6 foot 160-163 lbs)? Keep in mind I started liftin a couple years ago but didnt really do much leg workuntil mid January and I do it 3 times a week and I always do it after a run of 2-3 miles.

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Old 03-28-2005, 03:15 PM   #6
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Re: "Fake" squat

also, I've noticed that since i started lifting my lower body by abs have become a little thicker and bulge out more. I havent done any more ab work, in fact I've done less. Would this have anything do do with the leg lifting for some reason?

 
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It works legs but there is absolutely no substitute for Squats. NO SUBSTITUTE - not smith machine, not leg press, not hacks. Squats are the single best exercise you can do. If you have no contraindications do to health you are cheating yourself by not squatting.

As far as squatting with a ball or training with a ball. Balls should be reserved for golf, baseball and football. I would NEVER train someone with a ball.
I agree Chappy. But, if they have neber done any REAL squats don't you think using the Smith will help them in getting their form down so they don't blow something out? Then they can move away from the machine when they are accustomed to popping their rear out there and keeping their feet flat on the floor etc.

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John absolutely not! The smith machine controls the movement so the body moves in a linear motion. The best way to start squating is with light weight and good form. With that said the smith is a great machine and can be used for front squats and a variety of other exercises, Just not a substitute for squats.

 
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John absolutely not! The smith machine controls the movement so the body moves in a linear motion. The best way to start squating is with light weight and good form. With that said the smith is a great machine and can be used for front squats and a variety of other exercises, Just not a substitute for squats.
Well then, I started the right way (light weight with a mind towards form)! I thought the Smith would be good, but you make a lot of sense.

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