Squatting body weight

  • ashyboi5000

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    Oct 26, 2013 3:07 PM GMT
    Sorry if it's been asked before, but what's a realistic length of time to start squatting your own body weight?

    I did my first proper session on Tuesday and reach 37.5KG. Just over half my body weight. This as well was done as a warm up exercise. So started lower doing 15reps and this weight was the third set.

    I've honestly don't have any idea if this is good or bad, no comparisons and PT don't think he said anything if I was above or below average. A freind took a year to lift double + 10KG on a deadlift.
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    Oct 26, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    If your talking one rep than anyone who's somewhat athletic should be able to squat their own body weight pretty easily once they get the form. If your talking 15 reps at body weight then that takes more time, focus on getting stronger by using sets of under 5 reps. then when you fell your ready try that 15 rep set.
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    Oct 28, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    It took me around three months when I was about 15 or 16.
    I haven't done weights seriously since then.
    This year, it took me about less than a month to reach my current body weight (84 kg, 3 sets x 5reps).
    I have poor technique tho. So forget about weights and do squats properly, and you won't have problems with your back.
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    Nov 09, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    hmm that seems low to me honestly, BUT if it really was your first time squatting then it's fine. My first time i was squatting the bar lol. its good to start low with new exercises, especially something like a squat, with low weight so your body and stabilizers get used to it and you get the form down. Nobody can tell you a realistic timeline cause it will all vary based on a person's starting point, workout program, committment etc.

    Also, as I'm probably the smallest guy I ever see in the freeweight area of my gym, I've learned it's important not to compare too much to what other people are doing. There is no good or bad as you mention, it's all relative to yourself. There is only better than you last week, better than you last month.

    Just focus on being consistent, adding weight or reps (safely and gradually while keeping form), and getting stronger than last week. You will be squatting more than your body weight before you know it.
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    Nov 09, 2013 7:54 PM GMT
    I can't quite squat my body weight. I did do squats with a 170lb guy on my shoulders last week.

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    Nov 09, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    i dont know why, but thats hot LOL
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    Nov 09, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    IRFire66 saidi dont know why, but thats hot LOL


    It looked something like this:

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    Nov 09, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
    I'm only squatting 270 you'll get there fast just start with low weight
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    Nov 17, 2013 1:00 PM GMT
    Your legs can bulk up really fast if you train them often, especially compared to the rest of your body, you'd be surprised.

    Personally, I started weight training about 6 months ago with a particular focus to build up my legs for sport, and my limit atm is about 3 x 12 at 90kg (I weigh 75kg).

    Squatting your body weight is a really nice goal, it's one that I'm sure you can get to in a few months time with hard work. I recommend trying to bump up your weight by about 5kg every 3 or so weeks, and maybe cut down your reps per set to 8-12 if your looking to increase the weight you take.
  • ashyboi5000

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    Jan 09, 2014 11:05 AM GMT
    Cheers guys, never replied to this.

    I tend to do a squat session at the end of a work-out. I do a focussed on one area session for an hour then "odds and sodds" for maybe 20mins afterwards. Squats knacker me, which I like!
    I admit I haven't been pushing it since this thread, but reached the point where I can't lift the bar over my head and shoulders. It feels a tad feeble to move onto the squat rack just yet but what excerises can I do to help?
    Just carry on with the chest and back stuff and what for them to catch up?
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    Feb 16, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    I weigh 70kg and squat 150kg, more than double now!! yay!! took me about a year. im a shorty though, so I think its easier for me. Still, I am proud of my legs, soon to be thicker than long!! lol yayayaya!!!
  • Latenight30

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    Mar 07, 2014 8:59 PM GMT
    Don't give up on squats. Like many have said your legs have lots of muscle and will grow bigger and stronger quicker.
    If anything just do high reps of squats with no weight.
    But if you neglect your legs, you will look out of proportion.
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    Mar 07, 2014 10:34 PM GMT
    It took me a year to squat my body weight(75-80Kg). I mostly keep my reps in 5-7 range. And yes, legs do grow faster in comparison to other body parts. So keep working them.
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    Mar 08, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    ashyboi5000 saidCheers guys, never replied to this.

    I tend to do a squat session at the end of a work-out. I do a focussed on one area session for an hour then "odds and sodds" for maybe 20mins afterwards. Squats knacker me, which I like!
    I admit I haven't been pushing it since this thread, but reached the point where I can't lift the bar over my head and shoulders. It feels a tad feeble to move onto the squat rack just yet but what excerises can I do to help?
    Just carry on with the chest and back stuff and what for them to catch up?


    You're doing it backwards. You should do your compound movements like squats first.

    Also, your question is basically meaningless because everyone progresses at a different rate. Never concern yourself with what others are lifting unless you can take this information in without comparing yourself to them in a self defeating way.

    Go light at first and add weight GRADUALLY. Making too large of jumps in weight can stress your joints and tendons too much before they're ready to support it.
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    Mar 08, 2014 1:30 AM GMT
    well, I follow this stronglift 5x5 via an online from a different website's advise and answering my questions and stuff.

    i started from unable to squat my bodyweight to right now, gradually increasing from my body weight.

    it took me maybe less than a year to do it, since i started lifting last semester (so, August ish, Fall of 2013). I also took winter holiday, thanksgiving, and first couple weeks of this semester off icon_razz.gif

    But yeah, just gradually increase. I take advantage of those 2.5 lb plates, because they're gradual enough haha.
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    Mar 08, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
    I warm up with no weight then later with 7.5 kg x 7.5 kg. Three reps of 10.