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    what should i squat

    Iíve been neglecting my legs for far too long.

    Iím 250lb at about 20% body fat ( yes I know Iím a fatty)

    Iíve always felt I have had a strong lower body but I donít train it often.

    I always have trouble figuring out a starting weight. So does anyone have any tips for me.

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    Weights.

    Start with the bar, increase weight gradually, find the se that is challenging, then use that in the future.
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    Emevas took my answer

    but I was going to just say, "Weights, puto" :icon_thum

    If you haven't squatted much before (or ever) the first few times you do it you want to start real light and pyramid up to something that feels like a decent weight - don't try to max out for a while. The squat has a lot of technique and feel to it, and even if you have big legs from another excercise (like hipsled or hockey or something) you're going to be wobbly at first.

    Make sure you ask someone what the squat bar weighs if you aren't sure, even though its a newb question


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    washing machines...or 1987 buick century

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    If you never squatted before, I'd suggest you perform 4 sets of 10 reps with a moderate to light weight the firts weeks. Focus on technique, until you're sure you're performing the squats right.

    You really don't want to do this exercise with a bad technique.

    In about two weeks-one month, you should get the proper form.

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    In about two weeks-one month, you should get the proper form.
    Not if he doesn't know what the proper form is.

    Buy the book "starting strength". Best. Weight. Book. Ever.
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    20% body fat isn't "fatty."

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    I guess one question is, are you going to be doing actual squats, or using a Smith machine?

    Another suggestion is to also practice doing Hindu Squats or unweighted squats. Not the same thing as getting a bar on your shoulders, but it's going to help you get some balance with the position without hurting yourself. You might also find out how your body is oriented. Me, I can't do squats unless I have my toes pointing outward a little because doing it with parallel feet puts tremendous pressure on my knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateJon
    Not if he doesn't know what the proper form is.
    Of course, somebody should teach him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Judah Maccabee
    You might also find out how your body is oriented. Me, I can't do squats unless I have my toes pointing outward a little because doing it with parallel feet puts tremendous pressure on my knees.
    Same here, it took me a while to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateJon
    Not if he doesn't know what the proper form is.

    Buy the book "starting strength". Best. Weight. Book. Ever.
    I second PirateJon's recommendation. I have this book, and it's excellent.

    Also -- as a reference point/jumping off point, check out the squat videos here:

    http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html

    and here: http://mikesgym.org/index.php

    Lots of good info on those sites (both in videos, pics, and message boards) if you're willing to do some homework.

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