[quote]mr popular wrote:
You don’t have to squat like an equipped powerlifter in order to have a big squat, and you definitely shouldn’t do that if you want big legs. [/quote]
Lol. Yeah, I have to agree with this. Squatting like a powerlifter gave me a big ass and quads that measured almost 26" at the glute-ham tie-in and only 19" @4" above the knee. Not exactly my ideal leg shape.[/quote]
Can I ask what exercises you did to bring up the area above the knee? I also started with an extra wide stance(comfortabler due to long legs) and have been trying to work on bringing my feet closer. Probably why I never feel much Quads when I squat. Mostly just glutes and hams.[/quote]
If you want to bring up your quads, start squatting with a 25 lb plate under each heel (or start off with like a 10 if that’s too much) and narrow the stance, toes-out. It also really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really helps put emphasis on the quads to not lockout and going fairly heavy. I don’t know what you’re training for but it may not be the worst idea to drop the weight a bit (you’ll have to) and just start squatting that way for a while, it can’t hurt.
Or, if you don’t like that, pre-fatiguing the quads before the heaviest exercises always seems to do the trick. I’m in the camp that doesn’t naturally get much quad involvement, so I’ve had to go out of my way to learn some of things. A lot of its is TUT-based or has a lot of things to do with tiny variables. For instance, which direction your toes are pointed on a leg extension will affect which portion of the quads it hits best, etc.