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Old 07-06-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

I've noticed in videos of wallballs, thrusters, etc., that people have what looks like a medicine ball under them as a guide? Is that what it really is or is there something else people are using to help indicate how far to squat?
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

it is a depth indicator, to know if they are everytime at the same depth.
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

Typically its a dynamax medicine ball which typically provide a guide for legal depth for most people of average height
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

That's what I thought it was but just wanted to be sure. Thanks for the clarification.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

I guess this leads to the next question - why a depth guide at all? Shouldn't you always be squatting ATG?

I always thought that either you can't squat to parallel, so you go as far as you can (which is above med-ball depth), or you can squat to parallel in so you as far as you can (which is at or below med-ball depth).
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:07 PM   #6
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

The depth guide for me will help with my knees. I've had ACL reconstructions on both knees and ATG squats are uncomfortable. The depth guide will allow me to not waste any mental effort on depth and fully concentrate on the exercise.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:09 PM   #7
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

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I guess this leads to the next question - why a depth guide at all? Shouldn't you always be squatting ATG?
Ideally, yes. But not everyone can do that with good form every rep every time. Some people fall over (or think they will) or let their back round when they go that low. Some people don't have the body awareness to know where "below parallel" is, especially if that's near the bottom of their range and they're in the middle of a metcon.

It's a training tool, that's all.

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:02 PM   #8
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

"The depth guide will allow me to not waste any mental effort on depth and fully concentrate on the exercise."

Correct depth is part of the excersize
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

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The depth guide for me will help with my knees. I've had ACL reconstructions on both knees and ATG squats are uncomfortable. The depth guide will allow me to not waste any mental effort on depth and fully concentrate on the exercise.
Correctly executed squats shouldn't put any stress on your ACL...
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:49 AM   #10
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Re: What are people using on the bottom of squats, etc?

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Correctly executed squats shouldn't put any stress on your ACL...
What Steve said.

I have a partially torn ACL and I have never had a problem squatting deep. In fact, I have done stop squats (pause at the bottom for a count of 3) at 315 pounds without any problems. If deep squats are uncomfortable, then something else is causing the pain.
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