Getting through squats

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    Oct 14, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    As a preface, I'll just say that I've been squatting for YEARS. And doing deads and cleans, so this isn't a beginner question.


    Every single leg workout that I do is like a psychological test for me. It's all I can do from running away screaming, never mind get into the gym. I would rather deadlift than squat. I would rather clean than squat. I would rather do just about anything than squat. Okay, except maybe lunges, but only because single leg work is like twice as many reps!

    I basically stare down the bar, get under the weight with deathly dread and tell myself, "It's just X reps. You can do X reps. That's not that many. It'll be fine. It's just X reps. And you'll be X reps closer to being done!" And it's a damn stinkin' lie every time! I think my body is starting to realize how much I'm lying to it.

    So, how do you get through a heavy, ass-to-the-grass squatting workout?
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    Oct 14, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    visualize the asstastic results.
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    Oct 14, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    Ive heard of guys like you dreading squats and etc but I have always loved them...I guess because my legs always have grown so fast and so well. Ive always been complimented on my legs so I knew the more weight and more squats I did the more compliments I was gonna get, haha

    Other than that I love to see how much weight I can do or how far I can push myself....its a competition between me and myself. Then as soon as I get done squatting I see how much I can do on leg extenstions and etc...

    I remember in my late 20's I literally would not be able to walk after my work legs would shake and hardly hold up my body...Id have to go up the stairs to leave the gym and I had to take one step at a time or I would fall to the floor, my legs would be shaking....and you talk about sore the next day!!! DAM!! But I loved it!!

    I only wish I could get my upper body to respond like that!! I think we all have body parts that we like working out more than others and respond better legs just happen to be mine.

    I would tell you that look at the advantages of working them. that is the other HALF of your bodys muscle and mass. When you do squats it increases blood flow and testosterone for the rest of your body so when you work out other body parts you do better as well. It all ties in together..

    Theres nothing I cant stand than to see a great built upper body and some skinny ass legs, ugh!! Give me a nice set of legs and an ass and I am ready, lmao!

    So hit the squat rack with pride dude!! It can be mentally and physically challenging but as I am sure you know since you are not just starting them, they can be so beneficial....just try to motivate yourself and stay positive.

    Maybe take something before you do them on leg day to pep you up a little bit, some extra caffeine or a redbull or no xplode or something to really get you going and feel the blood a rushing!!

    Dam you got me psyched now!! I wanna go do squats!!!
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    Oct 14, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Your body is just being eco,,,,,,trying to save energy. Squats consume more energy then any other exercise.
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    Oct 15, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Oh, I get compliments on my legs too. I have trouble buying normal pants and jeans (no thanks to this ridiculous skinny-jean and "slim fit" craze going on right now.)

    I still squat--I just dread them. It's like people who hate waking up early for work, but still do it. I guess I'll just have to resign myself to them...icon_smile.gif

    Man, if my upper body responded like my legs, I'd be HUGE.
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    Oct 16, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    Why though?

    I rarely (if ever) squat, but for me it's because of the pain associated. I feel like I have to contort myself in order to use proper form. My shoulders just don't work that way! My shoulders are usually more sore than my legs, which have always been, proportionally, the strongest part of my body. My first week in the gym, I could put up 300lbs on the seated legs press.
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    Oct 16, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    I hate doing makes me feel really tired and sometimes sick...........but if you have seen my leg pictures, i just learned to suck it up.

    sometimes its not about the WEIGHT but your tech...consider getting a might be able to squat heavy weights but tech is terrible.

    spin classes WITH bike shoes will exercise EVERY muscle from your glutes to ankle...legs post and anterior.

    i do legs once a week and they are (i think ) my strongest asset........not boasting, just a fact.

    mix it up....squats (very high resistance so you are pulling up and pushing down)

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    Oct 16, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    I love doing squats, leg extensions, leg curls, calf raises, leg abductions & adductions, glutes .... all the leg exercises. I'm maxed out on the weight stacks for almost all the leg machines at my gym, and it's pretty easy for me to do 20 reps with the whole stack on most of them. That's always been the strongest part of my body (just genetics I guess). It's chest presses and push-ups that I hate and have to force myself to do.
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    Oct 22, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    Somethings you either love or hate, I guess. Personally I LOVE squats, but everytime I even think of lunges there is this black hate and rejection feeling down my spine...
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    Oct 23, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    OMG Squats LOVE THEM icon_biggrin.gif I think it's because it was one of the first things I learnt in the gym and I got the form down perfectly and my trainer was impressed (hey I wanted his approval at first icon_razz.gif)

    you might want to work on changing the way you view them, get happy, finish a set and smile for it, tell your self you enjoy'em, feel great pride when you do them, get happy and excited, do what ever it takes to make it feel good inside your head.

    When you dread something it always feels so much worse then when your excited to do it!
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
    Anything that makes the male ass look better deserves attention.
  • geebus

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    Oct 27, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    The thing is just mental toughness, as with redbull, after a leg workout I usually struggle to stand still, my legs would be so weak that it seemed any guy could make my knees weak haha.

    Also there are about 8 or so different squat exercises, so you may find one that you like better (I personally love sissy squats, not just for the name, but seriously anyone that can pound out 30 at a time ain't no sissy!)

    Good luck with them!