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    My lower body is weak?

    All my life I've been fat, but for the last 2 years I have been working out hardcore, and lost 100 pounds.

    Now during my teenage years I would sit on the computer all day and program,

    I'm almost 22 now, and my upper body is very strong:

    Flat bench 240, 3x8
    Incline Bench 185
    Single arm bicep curl 60 pounds, 3x8
    blah blah

    However..

    My squat and deadlift are LOWER than my bench!!

    I can barely do 5x5 a little over 200 pounds on both the squat and deadlift

    Isn't your lower body suppose to be stronger than your upper? Maybe I should just start doing strictly lower body workout?
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    Originally Posted by zacharoni16 View Post
    All my life I've been fat, but for the last 2 years I have been working out hardcore, and lost 100 pounds.

    Now during my teenage years I would sit on the computer all day and program,

    I'm almost 22 now, and my upper body is very strong:

    Flat bench 240, 3x8
    Incline Bench 185
    Single arm bicep curl 60 pounds, 3x8
    blah blah

    However..

    My squat and deadlift are LOWER than my bench!!

    I can barely do 5x5 a little over 200 pounds on both the squat and deadlift

    Isn't your lower body suppose to be stronger than your upper? Maybe I should just start doing strictly lower body workout?
    Try these

    Burnout each set you do.

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    Originally Posted by FaceTheFacts View Post
    Try these

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    Thanks I'll try it
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    I am going

    I am going to go on a rant, and I am sure some of you will read this and say "I know EXACTLY what hes talking about." Here go
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    hard to explain, beca

    ver, when I went to grad school for an MS in Exercise Science conc. in Strength and Conditioning. It is reallyuse for those who have never been "in" the inner circle, you won't be able to understand it. I got into olympic weightlifting, really learned the biomechanics b
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    Originally Posted by yweisngh View Post
    ver, when I went to grad school for an MS in Exercise Science conc. in Strength and Conditioning. It is reallyuse for those who have never been "in" the inner circle, you won't be able to understand it. I got into olympic weightlifting, really learned the biomechanics b
    The guy in the video seems to be a typical college douchebag to be honest, he seems to have a major ego disorder. However, I want to build strength in my lower body, and according to Mike Ripptoe the only way to do that is with heavy ass squats and deadlifts.

    My deadlifts give out around 200 pounds, It might be a weak grip problem? I try to stretch until I can touch my toes before I do squats or deadlifts to ensure I have at least some flexibility.

    My squats I am now forced to use a smith machine, my gym has a rack, but someone broke one of the holes where the peg goes into it, must of had like 1200 pounds on it or something.

    Should I try to do squats and deadlifts 5x5 maybe twice a week? Would that build strength in my lower body?

    I really need a good strength building lower body workout
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    There is no shame in starting off light and working your way up. 200 pounds with good form on a squat is a lot better then half the people in my gym. I think squating two times a week is a must when you are looking to gain serious strength. Sounds like you have the drive to accomplish what you are looking to achieve and I see no reason why you cant. Dont worry about the weight so much and concentrate on hard work and making small progressive gains.
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    Originally Posted by nsiegel5 View Post
    There is no shame in starting off light and working your way up. 200 pounds with good form on a squat is a lot better then half the people in my gym. I think squating two times a week is a must when you are looking to gain serious strength. Sounds like you have the drive to accomplish what you are looking to achieve and I see no reason why you cant. Dont worry about the weight so much and concentrate on hard work and making small progressive gains.
    Thanks a lot , But the real concern I have is will using the smith machine for squats hurt me in the long run? I actually just found out I have been doing the squats on the smith machine wrong! I have been placing my feet almost directly under the bar, but I guess the mechanical range of motion the smith machine asserts, is "unnatural" and you should have your feet slightly in front of the rest of your body? Is this true?

    I'm worried since the smith machine is fixed, the stabalizer muscles in my body wont be getting their workout, and when I do a free weight squat with the same weight I'll lose my balance and hurt myself?
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    Maybe your core is weak
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