Tag Archives: squat

How Strong Can Steroids Make You?

| October 23, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Some lifters downplay the role of muscle drugs so much that ignorant people start wondering if a baby Aspirin is not as effective as steroids. Many delusional permabulkers believe that they can break the powerlifting records naturally as long as they eat ”enough calories to recover and grow”. Simply put, those barbell nerds are trying to […]

Will Smolov’s Squat Program Add 100lbs To My Squat In 3 Months?

| August 12, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Rumor has it that there is a specialized warehouse somewhere close to a large fast food restaurant where permabulkers gather to discuss the ultimate ways to boost their squats stats and possibly gain an alpha male status. In the background, there’s a massive high-end plasma TV replaying the greatest squats of all time. Legend has it […]

GETTING PSYCHED BEFORE HEAVY SQUATS

| July 20, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

I woke up with the type of heavy pressure that only a brainwashed addict can feel on a squat day. I took one of my squat T-shirts, lifting chalk to prevent the bar from sliding, cotton shorts, my good old mp3 player, a digital camera and left the apartment. I needed the last one to […]

Why Upper Body Workouts Are More Popular Than Leg Training

| June 4, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

It takes about one or two gym visits to meet a captain upper body – a lifter devoting most of his time and effort to the arms, chest, and back. The usual excuse of the biceps warriors for not training the legs is a history of volleyball or basketball. “I used to do a lot […]

The Best Levers For Squatting Squatting facts that the "experts" seem to ignore.

| March 17, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

  What makes a good squatter? The length of your torso and femurs has a significant impact on your squatting style. The best squatters are lifters with short femurs and long torsos. The illustration below makes a comparison between squatters with short (left) and long (right) femurs. Remember: The bar always forms a straight line through […]

Why Olympic Weightlifters Don’t Do Low Bar Squats

| February 26, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The popularity of the low bar squat has reached epic proportions. In many commercial gyms, Starting Strength zealots occupy the squat rack for 45 minutes in order to do weird bar bends with the back almost horizontal to the ground. I am very familiar with similar training because once upon a time, I was one […]

Is The Back Squat Enough To Develop Big Hamstrings?

| December 27, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

The quadriceps and the glutes do most of the work during back squats, but if you squat below parallel, your hamstrings also have their fair share of fun. Are back squats enough to develop big hamstrings? Not really. If your goal is to build the best hamstrings you can have, exercises like deadlifts, good mornings […]

7 Reasons NOT To Barbell Back Squat Caution: This post may cause meltdowns among die-hard Rippetoe fans.

| November 9, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

The squat is a solid exercise with a well-deserved place in the muscle churches a.k.a. “gyms”. Unfortunately, malicious software spreading misconceptions among the muscle worshipers has infiltrated the lifting doctrine. On that occasion, I present you an anti-virus – 7 reasons NOT to barbell back squat. 1.The Spine Takes A Lot Of Beating During back squats, […]

Deadlifts vs. Squats: What’s Better For Mass?

| October 29, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

Deadlifts & Squats have a mythical status. Many muscle scholars attribute magical properties to both movements. According to the rumors, squats and deads build muscle thickness and size that the “curl and bench bros” can only dream of. Occasionally, there are furious discussions between the fans of each movement. Which one is better for mass – deadlifts or squats? Well, let’s look […]

Is The Low Bar Squat Really A Squat?

| September 24, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

The popularity of the low bar squat reached epic proportions over the last 4-5 years thanks to the Internet, Mark Rippetoe and the high number of muscle worshipers competing in the sport of powerlifting. However, is the love for the low bar justified or simply a mixture of wishful thinking, brainwashing, and delusions of psyches hungry for […]