Saturday, February 2, 2008

SMASHING MYTHS ABOUT SQUATS

Down the road, in a gym far away
A young man was heard to say,
"No matter what I do, my legs won't grow!"
He tried leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses too.
Trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he'd do!
From the corner of the gym where the big guys train,
Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain,
Where the big iron rides high, and threatin' lives,
Where the noise is made with big forty-fives,
A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees,
A very big man with legs like trees,
Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack,
Chalked his hands and monstrous back,
Said, "Boy, stop lying and don't say you've forgotten!
Trouble with you is you aint been SQUATIN'!!"
(Jeff MADDOG - University of North Carolina)


MYTH: Squats are bad for the knees.
Stress imposed on the ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue whilst resistance training thickens the joints. Also strengthens the muscles surrounding the knee joint and the stability of it, further improving the joint integrity. Proper stress produce adaptation.
Whenever you squat your feet position is an important variable in determining not only the results you'll obtain from the exercise, but also the safety of your knee joints. Individual must determine their own best stance.

MYTH: Squats are dangerous for the spine.
If performed with a neutral back back, the weight is borne directly over the spinal column, and torque as well as shearing force is minimized. Weight training is supposed to strengthen the supportive tissues of the body (bones, muscles, and connective tissues).

MYTH: By placing weight blocks under the heels can isolate quads better when doing a squat.
This practice of putting blocks or weights under the heels is widespread among bodybuilders in order to gain better isolation of the quads. There is a problem here “your knees go way out over your feet”, which puts a great shear and compression on both the cartilage and ligaments of the knee. In time this can cause serous damage to your knee joint.

MYTH: Squats will give you a broad butt.
Would you believe that you will have a broad but for sitting and standing? Squatting is sitting down and standing back up so if this gives everyone a broad butt I can imagine a world with people having broad butts allover. Come one your maker gave you small, medium or large butt it’s purely genetics be proud of it and SQUAT with it!

MYTH: Squats are only good for strong men or serious athletes.
Never done it before? Get a trainer to teach you’re the great exercise. A Squat when done properly can be rewarding for everyone, it increases lower body strength, stamina, stability, balance, bone density and prevents from lifestyle diseases like osteoporosis. It’s for all of you not only for strength athletes.

1 comment:

modu said...

sure squats rules