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#1 The Bacon Man

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:09 PM

I will be able to afford a power rack in the end of November. I am doing stronglifts 5x5. Should I stop adding weight on my squats until then? I'm using a bench to get it off, it is hard to get it off, unsafe, and even a front squat I don't feel safe. My only concern is that it will be so long.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:36 PM

I'd say stop adding weight, and just do more reps of a lighter weight.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

ummm how much weight?
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:00 PM

ummm how much weight?


85 lb. I'm 13 though, so that isn't extremely light.

I'd say stop adding weight, and just do more reps of a lighter weight.


Yeah I may do that.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:26 PM

start working deadlifts and cleans, you will then be able to clean the bar from the floor into a front squat.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:00 PM

Are you trying to build muscle? Doing a lot of reps with lighter weight won't do anything, it will just make your arms or whatever you are working out tired. And when you have lighter weight people tend to do them faster and therefore could possibly cause a problem and you lose good form. Good form = best workout

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:30 PM

Yeah, replacing them with cleans sounds like a good idea (or adding them).

I am aiming for strength, but I always do good form and slow reps.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

Are you trying to build muscle? Doing a lot of reps with lighter weight won't do anything, it will just make your arms or whatever you are working out tired. And when you have lighter weight people tend to do them faster and therefore could possibly cause a problem and you lose good form. Good form = best workout


Doing reps with ANY weight will do something. Even body weight exercises can bulk you up just as easily as gym rat weights. You just have to do them slower, through the full range of motion. This will use more muscle to do, and will work your body more than just cranking out a quick set.

OP, if you don't have the proper equipment to do an exercise safely, don't do it. No matter what exercise it is, there are probably several alternatives that work the same muscle groups. You can almost always do these more safely, or more effectively than the original one, at least until you get your gear set up.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 07:12 PM

start working deadlifts and cleans, you will then be able to clean the bar from the floor into a front squat.


soo true. the most power enhancing workout you can do is powercleans and deadlifts. Just make sure that your form is PERFECT!
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:09 AM


ummm how much weight?


85 lb. I'm 13 though, so that isn't extremely light.

I'd say stop adding weight, and just do more reps of a lighter weight.


Yeah I may do that.



I am 13 and 135 ibs I think that 85 lbs is really light unless your very short

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:46 PM



ummm how much weight?


85 lb. I'm 13 though, so that isn't extremely light.

I'd say stop adding weight, and just do more reps of a lighter weight.


Yeah I may do that.



I am 13 and 135 ibs I think that 85 lbs is really light unless your very short


5'4" and 112 LB. I'm the average "skinny kid".




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