To Squat or Not to Squat? (Part 1)

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Three quick notes, and then we'll talk training.

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2. Speaking of Busy . . .

I wasn't able to send an email yesterday. I
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3.  To Squat or Not to Squat?

As you know from my books and articles, I'm
a huge fan of the squat. It's one of the very
best exercises there is -- and many would rate
it as the very best of all exercises. It certainly
ranks right up there as a strength and mass

Also, as all Dinos know, it stimulates big gains
in muscle mass throughout the entire body.
That said, there are some trainees who really
cannot do squats -- or cannot do them safely --
or can do them, but need to keep the weight on
the bar to around bodyweight.

For example, I received an email from a
trainee who has:

1. A past shoulder injury that makes it hard to
get the bar into posiiton and hold onto it.

2. Long arms and long legs relative to his torso.

3. Lumbar rotoscoliosis.

And for the record, he's one of our older Dinos --
mid-40's or early 50's, I believe.

He's tried squatting for the first time in a long
time, and over a period of four or five months he
worked up to 113 kg (250 lbs.) for 7 reps --
and then he started to get some pain in the
piriformis muscle -- and stopped squatting.

Now, here's the important part. He does fine
with Trap Bar deadlifts and leverage machine
leg presses.

So what should he do?

Grit his teeth and tough it out and keep on

Or stick to the Trap Bar deadlifts and leverage
leg presses?

Or drop the weight and work on his form?

Or try front squats, safety squats or the Dave
Draper Top Squat?

How about bodyweight squats -- or the different
variations of bodyweight squats that I cover in
Dinosaur Bodyweight Training?

Or the dumbbell squats that I cover in Dinosaur
Dumbbell Training?

There are lots of options. Let's talk about some
of them tomorrow. In the meantime, let's hear
from the Dinos. What do YOU think he should

Send an email and let me know. I'll share the
best answers later in the week.

As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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