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Zercher squats


#1

I just did these things for the first time tonight...talk about a test of manhood. Holy shit! Just the fact that you have to keep every single muscle in your body tight in order not to get crushed is a test of strength. Granted, once I worked up passed 185lbs I pussed out and used a big foam pad around the bar, but it still kicked my ass. I heartly encourage everyone to give them a try.


#2

Jeff...what exactly are Zercher's, buddy? I couldn't find anything on the sight and am intrigued by the way you describe the physical and mental demands. I'd like to know more if you don't mind.


#3

I've done them, but I don't like the compressive forces on the elbow. For a similiar effect, I'll use a front squat harness. It's not quite the same, but you'll spare your elbows.


#4

i was thinking about trying them in a couple of weeks. did you do them as a ME or supp exercise? besides the pain of trying to hold on to the bar did they feel much different than front squats?