I wrote this today and I thought I would share with you guys.
I've noticed a trend at my gym: no one uses the squat rack. I can literally spend my entire workout in the squat rack without anyone asking me how many sets I have left. This is awesome for me but I feel concerned about these guys that look like:
What is this world coming to?
The longer you look the worse it gets...
Below are the top ten reasons why men don't squat (they are 100% authentic, I have heard all of them before):
1) "I'm lazy" Go home. You shouldn't be training
2) "I pick up heavy boxes at work" Squat on the weekend.
3) "The big guys don't squat" The big guys are probably juiced up more than a carton of Tropicana orange juice. Either start squatting or start roiding, your choice.
4) "I'm tired" Eat and sleep more.
5) "I don't like squatting alone" I don't like squatting alone either. That's why there are pins in the squat rack.
6)"It hurts" I think you forgot your balls at home.
7) "My legs are big enough" This would have been okay, but this guy had a sever case of chicken leg syndrome compared to his massive upper body.
8)" I use the leg press instead" The leg press is NOT a substitute for a squat, it is good for additional work but should not be the meat and potatoes for lower body development.
9)"Girls don't care about legs" The second you take off your pants and the girl realizes her legs are bigger than yours I bet she will care about your legs.
10) "Its my arms day" The first time I heard this, I literally burst out laughing. Who the hell prioritizes arms over legs. No further comments.
I don't consider anything above parallel a squat. A full squat is even better. This is what a parallel squat looks like:
There is simply no other exercise, and certainly no machine, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, improved balance and coordination, skeletal loading and bone density enhancement, muscular stimulation and growth, connective tissue stress and strength, psychological demand and toughness, and overall systemic conditioning than the correctly performed full squat.- Mark Rippetoe