How overrated are squats? I mean... I kinda like to do them, but there are programs in the internet that says it is the godlike exercise and you cannot grow without doing them every single gym session.
Help me out please =|
>Used to squat once a week
>half assed at that
>squatted 315 for a few reps
>never went higher
>realized that was Bulls hit
>determined to hit 405
>legs could do it, core couldn't
>realize my core was my weak spot
>train core, do all sorts of stuff
>handle 405 after realizing squats are a good measure of core strength
>now i have a core of steel and I squat 3x. A week
>sometimes when I'm lifting I feel like a normie bitch if I'm doing something besides squats
Squats work most of your body if done correctly, yes, even the biceps.
They require such effort and such recruitment of your CNS and many muscle groups and muscle fibres that squats alone can give somebody a respectable (though unbalanced) physique.
I am a bodybuilder (in that I train all year, diet for four months and step on stage in a man thong to flex and pose) and I squat 3 times a week when I'm building mass and twice a week when I'm cutting. You need to squat to get big and look good.
Squat is the best leg excercise since it nicely target lots of muscles at the same time thus encouraging great gains in the lowest time possible. Specially when you are starting.
it hits your core really good too, I don't do abs or lower back excersises and I'm always rock solid from the squats.
like deadlift, unless you lift competitively or for bragging rights they're not worth the risk of lower back injury and knee problems when safer alternatives exist
>muh lower back in dedlifts
then fucking sumo deadlift
>muh knees and lower back from squats
make sumo your primary and squats your secondary and as long as your form is good you shouldn't have problems you pussy
>as long as your form is good you shouldn't have problems
woah there tough guy
even pros and people that have been lifting their entire lives and who live and breathe good form suffer injuries during heavy compounds, they simply understand the risks involved with these lifts however, while you on the other hand are just a moron who thinks his "good form" will be the unbreakable shield that protects his back and knees from hundreds of pounds of pressure
>suffer injuries during heavy compounds
you're not squatting 500lbs buddy
if you make sumo your primary and then do squats as a secondary leg builder I gaurefuckingtee you'll not hurt yourself at any respectable weight as long as your form isn't utter shit
Squats aren't magic. The muscles in your legs are very large and powerful compared to the muscles in your upper body. Because of that, they can be worked heavily and much more often that most other muscle groups. For example, the calves are a very powerful, very dense group of muscles. They can easily lift your body weight. The same cannot be said for your arms. So the squat hype is about being able to squat 3 times a week, quite easily.
Yes, of course. Any weight that's carried high on the body will require more than just your legs. Your entire core is needed to maintain proper form. As well as damn near every muscle in your body. The "hype" comes from the short recovery period, which is mostly because of the legs.
They aren't overrated but what is underrated is how important proper technique is. Learn to fucking do them right and don't be one of these guys half repping 2 1/2 plates on their toes wondering why they aren't making gains.
Highbar vs Lowbar on the other hand is loads of bullshit.