Do you know how to REALLY squat,
The rules for powerlifting are very clear; a legal squat must go to a depth where the thigh is parallel with the ground. Now how many squats do you see in the gym that get to this depth? Not many. How many with a solid weight? A tiny fraction. Depending where you train, you may not see one for years on end. And the masses wonder why they don’t get results.
Proper depth in the squat is the key that unlocks real results. Going to a legal powerlifting depth allows you to power up much heavier weights as you use the full potential of not just your front thigh muscles (quads) but also the rear thigh muscles (hamstrings) and buttocks (glutes). You develop massive amounts of balanced, functional power as your muscles learn to work together as a cohesive unit. This also saves you massive amounts of time because in all likelihood you can ditch all the frivolous and potentially injury causing leg exercises such as extensions and hamstring curls. The powerlifting
The simple fact of the matter is that in the short-term pursuit of more
Finally the deadlift. I often wonder if it’s just the name that scares people into thinking they will hurt their back. The reality is that by doing this lift with a decent weight you will strengthen your back and with a supporting musculature so much that you will have massive reserves of strength and stability for every other exercise. The lesson from those that do it best is technique. There is NOTHING to fear from this lift at all with proper technique. Your body is very well designed to pick up a heavy barbell off the floor. The leverage and mechanics of your body will handle the load just fine when you learn to use them correctly. Here’s a reality check for you, if elderly females can be shown how to perform this lift safely and effectively, virtually anyone can deadlift – it’s that simple.
So if your “big 3” are lacking how do you improve them? In order to get them to the level that you need them to be, you need more than an exercise chart and a ‘simple demonstration’ from someone who has never taken their lifts to a decent weight. This is because whilst the lifts are basic on the surface, there are many subtle aspects to them that only become apparent on the journey towards decent weights. These include many equipment set-ups, mental factors and small technique refinements that can only be passed on from someone who has done it all before.
For example, there is a very simple equipment reason on the squat that cause the vast majority of guys to get stuck at around 80-90kg (175-200lbs) as well as never being able to get proper depth (we demonstrate this clearly in the Ultimate Body System). Unless someone who knows why tells you what it is, you may get stuck there forever like a lot of guys do. I have seen people stuck there puzzled for years on end with the same weight wondering why it seems impossible to go any heavier safely to proper depth. Learn from someone who knows. – Learn and prosper from Ultimate Body Success.