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    Just posted this in my blog. Read, enjoy, comments welcome.
    http://www.russiankettlebellscotland.com/blog.html
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    It comes from an indomitable will"-Mohandas K. Gandhi.

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    In my before kettlebell days when I would go to the gym and spend 2.5 hours of doing 3x10 of everything (especially bi-curls, BPs and crunches - but no leg exercises because I was a runner..hehe!!.) and I never before even attempted a squat. As long as my bis were 16-17 inches and my pecs were rock hard, and I kept my beer gut manageable I was just hunky-dorey. Then I got a BOWFLEX. Within a few short weeks I thought I had the squat nailed with the Bowflex! 3x10 - 3 days per week. What a joke!..In very short order I had severly injured my lower back, and was in a debilited state for about a year. Even the wimpy Bowflex with "POWER ROD TECHNOLOGY" can put you in a hurt locker. This was a hard lesson for me. But the squat is a skill to be learned just as any other lift. On this forum we all know that. Big difference btwn learning and applying that skill - than just lift'in weights!!...Dennis

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    Agreed Dennis.

    I spent years heavy squatting incorrectly. Only since RKC have a found out what a real squat is. I now devote my "variety days" primarily to the squatting movement pattern.

    I just hope i can one day squat as well as my 2 year old girl. Damn she can squat! :-)
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    Good article. The squatting movement pattern is worth preserving. Since learning proper form with bodyweight, all my lifts have become more stable.
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    just thought I would post this. This is a "real squat" and the heaviest weight used. completely raw too, no belt and no wraps (just knee sleeves)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK7m6I5m6gY

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    Quote Originally Posted by wicked1992 View Post
    just thought I would post this. This is a "real squat" and the heaviest weight used. completely raw too, no belt and no wraps (just knee sleeves)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK7m6I5m6gY
    Let me just preface this by saying that dude is way strong, and at my best I could squat only 515. However, I have to wonder about dropping into the hole and bouncing out at that speed. Seems to me it could cause problems. Am I wrong? thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwwm View Post
    Let me just preface this by saying that dude is way strong, and at my best I could squat only 515. However, I have to wonder about dropping into the hole and bouncing out at that speed. Seems to me it could cause problems. Am I wrong? thoughts?
    Bump. I think a lot of people wonder just how safe that ATG 800# mind blower is. Is it a squat that should be respected, admired, and avoided? I am thinking that it's an Oly lifter only squat.
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    I saw this recently and was pretty impressed... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyBj0RW-BSA
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicked1992 View Post
    just thought I would post this. This is a "real squat" and the heaviest weight used. completely raw too, no belt and no wraps (just knee sleeves)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK7m6I5m6gY
    One seriously strong guy, no argument there. But dropping into the hole under that sort of load simply cannot be safe. Does he still have his kneecaps?
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    It comes from an indomitable will"-Mohandas K. Gandhi.

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    There are several questions posted here that ask "is that safe". Not is he doing it right, but is it safe to do that squat with that load. We always say "squats don't hurt your knees, the way YOU squat hurts your knees". I tend to pin safety primarily on technique and secondarily on load. Out of these two videos, the Mendes squat strikes me as an unsafe drop under far too little control. The lack of support at the parallel range showed itself again on the way up. Granted, Mendes could squat my max with me tied to the bar as a stretch band, but that motion looks like a collapse to me. The Behdad squat was slower and an inch less deep, but I'd be happy to emulate it with my 2 plates and kiddie bar.
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