I HATE SQUATS!

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    May 04, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    Hi does anyone else absolutely dread leg day, specically squats ? They completely drain me. By the last set I basically collapse on the floor and start convulsing. Ive been doing them for a year but recently skipped a leg day and am now having trouble motivating myself to do them again. Is there any exercise that can substitute for it? I also do deadlifts and leg curls for my legs, but I workout at home so I cant do fancy things like leg presses etc. Someone please help me!
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    May 04, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    Lunges maybe a good substitute, but I'm no expert.
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    May 04, 2010 1:48 PM GMT
    LOVE squats, absolute LOVE THEM to BITS and deadlifts OMG a leg workout is just not complete without deadlifts, deadlifts are the thing I LOVE pushing my self on really hard cause it's all just super awesome icon_biggrin.gif

    Do what you hate and do them until you either despise them with such a passion that you'd kill to be rid of them or you fall totally inlove with'em, either way, doing the things you hate in the gym means you'll get some awesome gains!

    I hate doing pullups, I'm to heavy to do many, not strong enough in the hands yet and no matter how hard I focus I can't stop my self from developing a slight swing, but I do them and slowly get better.
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    May 04, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    The squat, deadlift and lung are possibly the most important freeweight exercise you could ever do, some geewizz for ya.
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    May 04, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    Gaymedes saidLunges maybe a good substitute, but I'm no expert.

    Unless you have a good excuse to not to them (ie, death in the family, amputee, no knee caps) then never sub for squats... do the squats, hate the damn things, feel good about having done them when your finished!
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    May 04, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    Leg days for me are actually pretty bittersweet. I love working my legs, but the workout really makes my sports-induced asthma flare up. I'm doubled-over by the end. Get really pumped after for completing though. Not sure if these are replacements for squats, but you may want to try doing step-ups, lunges, or even stair climbing. They really work your legs and ass.
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    May 04, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
    Lunges are just as bad and I hate those more than squats, because I don't do my lunges in one place I go the length of the cardio area which is pretty long.

    Today was my leg day...there is just no way around it if you want nice legs. I'll be walking funny for the next couple of days!
  • DiverScience

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    May 04, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    I miss my squats. A lot. They were always my favorite.

    I miss them enough I'm considering finding a rod and making a weight with cinderblocks.
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    May 04, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    I love squats! If you are having trouble with them just lighten up the weight and do more warm up sets
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    May 04, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    i LOVED squats---- you don´t have to go really heavy to get the benefit. Just move with perfect form through the whole range of motion and do more reps.

    I miss them....

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    May 04, 2010 2:09 PM GMT
    Love working legs and I like all squat variations - oh the burn...
    But I've switched to less weight and more reps/cardiovascular approach lately and surprisingly for me it really paid off (meaning I can see and feel quite a bit going on as far as size and strength goes)... And yeah, why not put a bit more emphasis on lounges: LOVE one leg balance lounge - (the one you put one leg on a chair) I do weighted and I'm dying by the end... Anywho, whatever, don't listen to me...icon_eek.gif
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    May 04, 2010 2:33 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    Gaymedes saidLunges maybe a good substitute, but I'm no expert.

    Unless you have a good excuse to not to them (ie, death in the family, amputee, no knee caps) then never sub for squats... do the squats, hate the damn things, feel good about having done them when your finished!



    I guess ill just have to adopt your attitude if it works. Really I have no excuse, Im just being a whiny lazy bitch. But no more! How come many of you are saying you "loved" squats? What happened?
  • thatonedude21

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    May 04, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    love leg day... but only because my legs are my strongest muscle (boo genetics)

    I do squats with high weight, but I'm thinking about lowering the weight and doing more reps since my back doesn't seem to be strong enough to support the weight right now
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    May 04, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    How come everyone loves leg day? How did you all get to the point where you love it? I wanna know what the hell is wrong with meicon_sad.gif
  • nicelyproport...

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    May 04, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    No leg workout for me; I save my gams for cardio, running 30-50 miles per week.

    Truth is, I don't want to increase muscle mass in my legs; already I find it difficult to squeeze my legs into some pant styles.
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    May 04, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    Nothing is tackier than a tall guy with tiny legs and a thick upper body. It really says "I'm lazy" to those who see it.
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    May 04, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    naivenewbie saidHow come everyone loves leg day? How did you all get to the point where you love it? I wanna know what the hell is wrong with meicon_sad.gif
    I fucking hate leg day; but I respect it and do them anyway.
    Your legs have the largest muscle groups, and the rest of your body's strength rests on them. They are the most worked muscles in your body because they must support everything else you do all day long. If your upper body is capable of lifting heavy loads but your legs aren't up for the task, you'll "think" you're not strong enough and end up hurting yourself.

    I don't know an alternative to squats, but it might be more fun if you use a friend...like...lift him over your head and then do squats. icon_biggrin.gif
  • calibro

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    May 04, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    leg day is my favorite day... i hate biceps and triceps day... i recommend if you hate squats to take the free weight element out of it and use a machine. A hack squat machine is far more manageable and will give you a good workout while a leg press will work many, though not all, of the same muscles as a squat. When you say you can't do fancy things I am assuming you're saying you're using too much weight... it's not about how much weight you have on there and you should be able to do them if you lower it enough to the intensity you can handle. You might also need to build up some core strength if you feel your squats are lacking because of balance issues.
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    May 04, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    I was discussing lifting with another pilates instructor. he does squats, but not heavy anymore (and he´s BIG, and I mean BIG) He doesn´t go heavy as that compresses the spine and that is the exact opposite of what you want in pilates. I noticed that this autumn, when I was training (lifting) hard, I was getting more squashed and feeling less good... I am lucky in that I have strong legs/glutes, but have given them up until my back is fixed.
  • jingold04

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    May 04, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    Try variations. I like the 1&¼ squat,heels up. Explanation: Squat full down,go ¼ of the way back up,go back down,then come all the way back up. the "heels up" part is just putting 5lb plates under ur heels. Also try set/rep/rest time variations,ie: 5sets of 5 reps w/90-120sec rest,3sets of 15 w/30sec rest,& 4sets of 10reps w/60secs rest. Of course,adjust the weight to make it possible to recover between aforementioned sets,and choose one of the above set options on rotating days. Most of us like leg day because (i think) of the dense muscle fibers in our legs which get worked and seem to show results faster. Check out Lou Schuler's book "new rules of lifting".It'll give you lots of great options. Don't buy into the mindset of doing six different isolations w/legs. Sticking w/the squat,deadlift variations is plenty of legwork (from what I've read in my NSCA textbook,at least). If you follow this advice,your leg day will be shorter than any of ur upperbody workdays. Heavier,but shorter & more result ridden.
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    May 04, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Hate working my legs, and I dread squats.
  • jingold04

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    May 04, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    I personally disagree w/Calibro. I,again,personally,always opt for free weights over machines. It just makes more sense,IMHO,to work ALL your muscle at once by picking up a weight without machine assistance.
  • coolarmydude

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    May 04, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    whaaaaaatttttt...

    I love squats and I love deadlifts even more! I get a nice buzz when I do deadlifts.
  • calibro

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    May 04, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    jingold04 saidI personally disagree w/Calibro. I,again,personally,always opt for free weights over machines. It just makes more sense,IMHO,to work ALL your muscle at once by picking up a weight without machine assistance.


    I never said machines were better, I said if the OP was having a hard time with free weight squats that machines were an alternative.
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    May 04, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    I love doing legs I pride myself on how big (I think( my legs are getting.

    I had to give away a pile of pants since I no longer fit into them or I look like a stuffed sausage.