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Always do squats with a belt?

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2005/08/02 00:21:24 (permalink)
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Always do squats with a belt?

I know squats are on of the exercises you've got to be really careful with not to get injuried. I'm just starting to do them again. Anyone have tips on doing them correctly and should I be wearing a belt while doing these?
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    PaulSF
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 01:21:16 (permalink)
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    The whole belt issue is a personal preference, i don't use one for any exercise and manage to shift some decent weights okay but some people use em. As you're gettng back into squats, just make sure you don't try lift too much to quickly, don't lean forward to much and don't let your knees bow in
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 02:08:14 (permalink)
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    What happens if you let your knees bow in? This happens to me after about 4-5 reps on my final set
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 02:11:58 (permalink)
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    It's bad for your knees!!! Think of the pressure on the joint then it goes wobbling around like that! Concentrate on pushing your knees out if you see what i mean, the last thing you want to do is screw your knees up. You may need to lower the weight a little if you can't stop them bowing in.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 02:18:07 (permalink)
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    Alright, I'll do that, it only happens when I really struggle with a rep, so I guess I'll just lower the weight a bit. Cheers.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 03:03:28 (permalink)
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    I used to do it quite a bit so i lowered the weight and improved my form, now i'm back squatting pretty heavy with no knee movement.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 12:38:01 (permalink)
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    I have never lifted with a belt for any exercises, and got on ok too. I also found my knees going in the way sometimes. But it wasn't due to me lifting too much, it was just down to me losing concentration and falling into bad form. I concentrate more now though and use strict form throughout.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 14:26:36 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: sillynarbie

    What happens if you let your knees bow in? This happens to me after about 4-5 reps on my final set


    You should concentrate on pushing your knees out on the way up, even if you don't think they are going to come inwards.

    A belt is definitely not a prerequisite of safe squatting.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 17:00:00 (permalink)
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    Work from the hips, not the knees; drive into the heel, not the ball of the foot. And set your back (get it nice and straight, the weight stacked sensibly on your spine and your gut in) before lifting off.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 17:05:37 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: AndyGates

    Work from the hips, not the knees; drive into the heel, not the ball of the foot. And set your back (get it nice and straight, the weight stacked sensibly on your spine and your gut in) before lifting off.


    Are you positive about the gut in bit?
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 17:59:13 (permalink)
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    Turn your toes out to the sides a little this will help prevent your knees coming together.

    As for the belt you really dont need it. They restrict the natural curvature of the spine and may even cause injury, allow your body to become strong enough on its own and you will never need one.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 18:26:57 (permalink)
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    Are you positive about the gut in bit?


    You should NOT suck your gut in. When squatting or deadlifting your need to push your abs and brace your core as tight as possible if you want big weights to move. With regards to the belt I only use one for 1RM's, however I wear it loose to push out my abs to get my core as strong possible as I explained above. You should not be using a belt as a crutch for your lower back, if your lower back is weak then strengthen it with goodmornings, RDL's etc.
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 23:34:53 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: T_Dawg Jack

    if your lower back is weak then strengthen it with goodmornings, RDL's etc.


    What are those? Like hyperextensions?
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    RE: Always do squats with a belt? 2005/08/02 23:56:29 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: sdsurfer

    ORIGINAL: T_Dawg Jack

    if your lower back is weak then strengthen it with goodmornings, RDL's etc.


    What are those? Like hyperextensions?


    RDL is Romanian Deadlift. Usually means a stiff-legged deadlift with knees more unlocked and hips pushed back more.

    Good mornings: same movement as a stiff-legged deadlift but with the bar across your back rather than in your hands- although there are a multitude of variations (arched back, flat back, bent knee, straight leg etc. etc.).
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