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    squats...how long before you notice any changes?

    Just wondering how long do you have to do squats before you notice any changes to your legs and ass? I am beginning to notice a rounder ass and its been about 3 months. But i use the leg press and do deadlifts. who knows...
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    Since i probably have different goals to you it may not be relevant but anyway since i started heavy squatting i notcied my legs increase an inch within the first 6 weeks, whilst eating heaps..

    Not to presume your goals or anything im going to think that you dont want to put heaps of inches on your legs..? But then any change in composition in the lower body should be more noticable within 6 -8 weeks i would imagine.
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    thanks heaps. my legs have started to change shape also and I want to bulk them with muscle but not too big. My main goal with squats is to firm the butt and the legs. I am seeing results though. thanks a lot for replying. rep to you.
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    I started squatting not long ago. (3 months ago) Since then my ass has tightened up and probably got a bit bigger (bulking) Main growth though has been in vastus medialis and upper quad - tensor fasciae latae, rectus femoris. My ass probably gets hit harder from deadlifts.
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    6-8 weeks imo

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    I could see a difference in my legs after the first 2 weeks.
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    depends on weight and how deep you go. three weeks before I noticed any difference.
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    just came back from the gym and squatted 50 kilos using the smith machine though. I got a bad back so I am easing into it using the smith before I use the bar. I did leg presses tonight, I used 120kgs on the machine. feel sore but good.
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    Originally Posted by aussieangie View Post
    just came back from the gym and squatted 50 kilos using the smith machine though. I got a bad back so I am easing into it using the smith before I use the bar. I did leg presses tonight, I used 120kgs on the machine. feel sore but good.
    wow, bad back please stay away from the smith machine.. especially with a bad back damn!!

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    Originally Posted by Ironlife View Post
    wow, bad back please stay away from the smith machine.. especially with a bad back damn!!
    Whoever told you to use this for squatting with a bad back is wrong.
    This.

    Do BB squats. You won't be able to squat 50 kg, so start light, with 20 kg or so. Work your way up from there.



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    wow, bad back please stay away from the smith machine.. especially with a bad back damn!!

    Whoever told you to use this for squatting with a bad back is wrong.
    I actually feel ok using the smith with my back believe it or not. Its not hurting me.
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    Originally Posted by aussieangie View Post
    I actually feel ok using the smith with my back believe it or not. Its not hurting me.
    mmm,.. its up to you.
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    Originally Posted by -Lucifer View Post
    This.

    Do BB squats. You won't be able to squat 50 kg, so start light, with 20 kg or so. Work your way up from there.



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    Thanks for the info
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    when i first started doing squats (properly) like 5 years ago, i noticed changes within a week
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    mmm,.. its up to you.
    so what do you suggest?
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    My posterior has certainly grown from squatting.
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    Originally Posted by aussieangie View Post
    so what do you suggest?
    What lucifer said, this guy knows his squats and the potential dangers of the smith machine..
    I have heard countless stories people hurting or agitating their back from squatting on the smith machine and thats people without excisting back problems!!

    I Would suggest free weight BB squats start light and youll appreciate it more and see better progress from your core muscles to your lower body.
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    its funny cause I am the only female to use the weights room let alone do squats. tonight especially the all they were doing was cardio.
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    its funny cause I am the only female to use the weights room let alone do squats. tonight especially the all they were doing was cardio.
    Oh well keep using it, can i ask what happend to your back?
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    Originally Posted by Ironlife View Post
    What lucifer said, this guy knows his squats and the potential dangers of the smith machine..
    I have heard countless stories people hurting or agitating their back from squatting on the smith machine and thats people without excisting back problems!!

    I Would suggest free weight BB squats start light and youll appreciate it more and see better progress from your core muscles to your lower body.
    ok thanks I will consider doing it. Just want to make sure that I get my form right as I dont have anyone to spot me.
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    Oh well keep using it, can i ask what happend to your back?
    sure, I did my back 1 year when I sneezed and I went for xrays. they showed as having arthritis in the lower back from either a fall when I was young or at birth. The 2 lower ones are the problem, but I have not had back soreness for ages. I used to be 31 kilos heavier and ever since losing the weight, not back problems anymore.
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    ok thanks I will consider doing it. Just want to make sure that I get my form right as I dont have anyone to spot me.
    squat in squat cage, adjust rails, if too heavy then just let that barbell drop.

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    Start off light and work your way up from there. Post a video here, so we can assess your form. There are two basic ways of squatting - a. high bar and b. low bar. A high bar squat will place more emphasis on your quads. A low bar squat will place more emphasis on your posterior chain (glutes and hams) and also less stress on your lower back, than a high bar squat. I'm guessing, you'd want to try low bar squats.

    Here's a good link on how to do low bar squats -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qbBsn7IbPU
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    A low bar postition, would require you to place the bar over your rear delts.



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    Originally Posted by -Lucifer View Post
    A low bar postition, would require you to place the bar over your rear delts.



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    Thats what im using these days, high bar grip inflammed my cervical spine and it felt wierd, so low bar squats FTW!, good link -L
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    Originally Posted by Ironlife View Post
    Thats what im using these days, high bar grip inflammed my cervical spine and it felt wierd, so low bar squats FTW!, good link -L
    interesting...i will have to look into it. thanks heaps.
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    I've always had great genetics as far as leg development goes. When starting my workout regiment about a year ago, I went from squatting 135 to 225 in about 3 weeks. My leg development was pretty instant.

    Squats are my favorite exercise for getting a massive full body pump. Nothing else like it in the gym.
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    I think it depends on how much you squat. When I first started I was going all out, ATG with 5RM's 3 times a week. I could only keep that up for a couple weeks, but legs definitely got thicker.
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    Originally Posted by aussieangie View Post
    Just wondering how long do you have to do squats before you notice any changes to your legs and ass? I am beginning to notice a rounder ass and its been about 3 months. But i use the leg press and do deadlifts. who knows...
    Since no one has mentioned it... if your goal is to look firmer and tighter, making sure your diet is in check will make your results more obvious quicker.

    It's all well and good to increase your squat poundage by x lbs in 6 months, but if you aren't eating correctly, it'll take much longer to see changes.
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