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    Mech Belt Squat Attachment Owners (How Do You Incorporate Yours?)

    Due to a mixture of wanting to use it after putting it together and fighting a cold earlier this week and taking a short break from lifting, I thought this would be a good subject to throw in here for the owners of the belt squat attachment...

    How do you implement yours in your workouts/routine?

    Do you add them in after traditional squats for extra volume? Do them on a separate day?

    How many workout days a week do you use it?

    Do you incorporate them on a full body, or split routine?

    Etc...add any other details, or creative ways you work in belt squats, or other various movements with it in this thread.
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    I have the Ironmind hip squat belt.
    Not sure talking belt squat machine or the belt itself.
    I use the IM belt with either a loading pin or a heavy kettlebell usually for higher reps as a back off from squat work or a finisher after squat work.
    I really like it as you can totally focus on the quads and it's easier on the low back.
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    Originally Posted by Deep-Voiced-One View Post
    Due to a mixture of wanting to use it after putting it together and fighting a cold earlier this week and taking a short break from lifting, I thought this would be a good subject to throw in here for the owners of the belt squat attachment...

    How do you implement yours in your workouts/routine?

    Do you add them in after traditional squats for extra volume? Do them on a separate day?

    How many workout days a week do you use it?

    Do you incorporate them on a full body, or split routine?

    Etc...add any other details, or creative ways you work in belt squats, or other various movements with it in this thread.
    3-4 x 6-10 after the main lift (which right now is ME, so max single of some kind).
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    Lately I've been using the belt squat for my heaviest work with a 5x5 routine and doing BB squats with a lighter weight with 3-5 sets of 8 reps.
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    50 % to 60 % of 5 RM or 3 RM for 10 to 12 reps for 3 to 4 sets after the main lift. Your ASS will be on fire.
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    I was plateauing on back squats and needing to deload, so I decided to take a break for a few weeks and build up on belt squats instead. I do 3x10 on two leg days during an 8-day program.
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    I have my own DIY one and not Mech's, but one other thing I like to do with it is standing glute marches at the very beginning or end of a workout. Just put a light weight and march for 1-2 minutes. It shouldn't hurt, but it does.
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    Originally Posted by Deep-Voiced-One View Post
    Due to a mixture of wanting to use it after putting it together and fighting a cold earlier this week and taking a short break from lifting, I thought this would be a good subject to throw in here for the owners of the belt squat attachment...

    How do you implement yours in your workouts/routine?

    Do you add them in after traditional squats for extra volume? Do them on a separate day?

    How many workout days a week do you use it?

    Do you incorporate them on a full body, or split routine?

    Etc...add any other details, or creative ways you work in belt squats, or other various movements with it in this thread.
    I use the belt squat for additional volume. Allows me to add volume without adding to posterior chain work.

    I'll use it after back squats as well as on pulling days after I pull. Additional volume maybe as a one off if I'm doing pressing but not that often. Reps tend to be higher up to 10 probably not less than 5 but generally 8-10 range for multiple sets. Probably no more than 2x per week outside a rarity. At least 1x though so it's pretty constantly in there.

    My schedule has been screwed lately with heavy travel. Barely pulling it off so everything is a mash and just trying to hold steady. Dieting down some and dropping fat for now.
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    Depends on how I feel that day. You can only heavy barbell squat so much before you get burned out mentally/physically, or at least that's been the case for me after a few months of steady lifting. So I try to rotate between the two to keep things interesting, I'm not chasing numbers so it doesn't bother me to just maintain a respectable but not impressive barbell squat.
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    On heavy days, I end with a target 3x8 of fairly heavy weights. On volume days, I end with a target 3x20 of lower weights. Typically use it twice per week
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    To the people who throw them in as a primary leg exercise, how do you warm up with them?

    For example do you start out just squatting with the attachment and treat the additional warm ups as you would if you were loading up a barbell (minus the 45 lb barbell of course), or do you warm up with some other source before using the belt squat for working sets in this case?
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    Originally Posted by Deep-Voiced-One View Post
    To the people who throw them in as a primary leg exercise, how do you warm up with them?

    For example do you start out just squatting with the attachment and treat the additional warm ups as you would if you were loading up a barbell (minus the 45 lb barbell of course), or do you warm up with some other source before using the belt squat for working sets in this case?
    I do some bodyweight squats and then start adding plates to the belt squat as a warm-up. I find squatting with just the attachment is too light, even as a warm-up, so I start with a 45 on each side.
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