Thread: Squat Month
9/05/2012 8:57am, #31
I turn golden turtle into weighted squats by using actual weights, or putting my sons on my back (about 110lbs combined right now).
Then I alternate between holding the static isometric pose for endurance (30s-1m), and then lifting with the two children attached. Rinse, repeat. They keep getting heavier each day, making it a progressive exercise.
But yes, I am a cheapskate. Weights are expensive and I need to spend that money on milk.
Last edited by W. Rabbit; 9/05/2012 9:03am at .
9/05/2012 9:07am, #32
for one thing, golden turtles are primarily a qi gong stance, and as such they are of greatest benefit for health and qi circulation. i've never weight loaded them, so i can't be sure how the weight loading affects the benefits.
for another thing, being that bent over has to affect the mechanics and benefits of a squat, and i don't know how safe it is to lift weight loaded onto your back from that bent over position. i'm not saying it's dangerous, i just don't know if it's safe.
i think that you would be better served with a squat rack and a barbell or failing that some nice heavy dumbbells. if you must use your children as weights, i would fireman's carry them and squat upright."Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
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9/05/2012 9:21am, #33
Good points, thanks Ming. Exercising with my kids is something I try to do every day. The kids love fireman carries around the house so much they fight over who gets to go next.
Ah well...maybe dad can afford a real squat rack later on when college is paid off...sometime around 2030.
Oh and now the youngest wants to take boxing lessons...see this is why dad has no money for exercise gear.
Last edited by W. Rabbit; 9/05/2012 9:28am at .
9/05/2012 9:36am, #34
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I'm not kidding when I say that sandbags are dirt cheap (ha ha) alternatives to weights. You just need some sand, a few old duffle bags and some duct tape. There's an entire subculture devoted to found, odd-implement training. Old truck tires and sledgehammers make useful implements, for example.
9/05/2012 10:01am, #35
Rabbit, your kid needs to learn to keep his hands up.
9/05/2012 10:07am, #36
9/05/2012 10:26am, #37
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Or here's tire flipping:
Or there's this stuff: (hitting a tire with a hammer is hard work!)
Or slosh pipe kinds of things:
Look around on the internet. It's not really my thing, but I understand why people do it.
Last edited by Res Judicata; 9/05/2012 10:30am at .
9/05/2012 10:31am, #38
We smack the **** out of a tyre with a sledge at my gym as part of our MMA circuit.
I'm getting over not having any decent lifting equipment at home, going to try to construct some stuff this weekend.
9/05/2012 10:41am, #39
9/05/2012 3:15pm, #40
So I have this old backpack that's gone mouldy but its still pretty sturdy, so I'm planning to dunk it in vinegar and then fill it with sand/gravel/rocks/hobo corpses and start lifting/tossing it around. Question is, if I want to do squats with it, can I wear it like a backpack, or should I hoist it up onto one shoulder like in Rabbit's video?