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  • Quick link to why squats are awesome for you?

    I have a friend who only runs, does pullups, pushups, and situps. Is there an article I can reference that shows that he won't get unnecessarily huge legs if he starts doing squats?
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    Does he think that if he does squats, then BOOM he has huge legs? I've been doing SS for 8-10 weeks and my legs aren't that much bigger than they were to start with, much stronger, but not much bigger.
    If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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    • #3
      I don't know....probably because I do squats and deadlifts and I'm kind of big xD
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      • #4
        Try this (scroll to the Why Should you Squat under the video right after reading the 'if youdo not squat, you do not train. Period." statement):

        How to Squat: The Ultimate Guide To Proper Form on Squats | StrongLifts.com

        It is very opinionated, but it is also informative.
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        • #5
          If you keep the reps low, like in Starting Strength, then mass gains will be minimized compared to strength gains.
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          • #6
            This IS a guy we are talking about right?

            Stress "exercising your mouth" is the part that gets you big. You can squat till the cows come home... if you're not eating those cows in great numbers, your legs ain't growing.
            Last edited by Fernaldo; 05-02-2012, 03:24 PM.
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            • #7
              Also, if he's running a lot, he will find it hard to put on much mass unless he eats a ton. I have a partner who runs and actually wants muscle mass, and he has to work hard to keep from losing, let alone adding bulk.
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              • #8
                Is he concerned about throwing out his skinny jeans or something?
                http://stackingplates.com/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StackingPlates View Post
                  Is he concerned about throwing out his skinny jeans or something?
                  Yes.

                  Thank you Leida for the link. It's adequate, but I don't have him totally convinced.

                  I have a big butt. Bad demonstration of leading by example
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                  • #10
                    You can tell him he'll run faster and better if he squats. Just show him a pic of a sprinter. Jeans be damned, he will look like a Greek God in his running shorts. I can't believe I try to supply this argument is for a male.... On another hand, if he doesn't want to squat, why bother? Usually, you go under the rack, and it either grips you, or doesn't. I see plenty of men in the gym who are runners and squat. All sort of shapes. CHances are, if he is skinny, he will remain skinny.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                      Yes.

                      Thank you Leida for the link. It's adequate, but I don't have him totally convinced.

                      I have a big butt. Bad demonstration of leading by example
                      A big booty girl can lead me just about anywhere...
                      If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                        A big booty girl can lead me just about anywhere...
                        +1000
                        http://stackingplates.com/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                          A big booty girl can lead me just about anywhere...
                          (Queue Sir Mix-a-lot) I LIKE BIG BUTTS...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                            (Queue Sir Mix-a-lot) I LIKE BIG BUTTS...
                            OH MY GAH Becky, look at her butt, it's soo big, it's like, out there
                            If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                            • #15
                              Now this is going to be stuck in my head while I am deadlifting today. Well, maybe it is better than my DL mantra: You have a big butt, USE IT! when I deadlift. I have a one-track mind: squat=quad, deadlift=butt and ham. Even though I know they are compunds and do wonders for my entire core.
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