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  • If I could do only one exercise it would be to squat ...Here's why

    Great video on the science behind the benefits of the squat...always an essential cornerstone of any fitness program.

    The Science of Squatting
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  • #2
    Keep your squat, lol. I'll take sprinting.
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      Deadlifting
      Starting DL: 135 Now: 380
      Starting Bench: 115 Now: 255
      Goal: Get stronger.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
        Keep your squat, lol. I'll take sprinting.
        Squats > Sprints

        Originally posted by M. Rippetoe
        There is simply no exercise, and certainly no machine, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, imrpoved 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.
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        • #5
          Ha Ha...Yes sprinting is a close second, but if I had only one option it would be the squat.
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          • #6
            Squats are more important to long-term health than sprints. If you're old and have trouble walking up the stairs, it's not your conditioning, it's your lack of strength. Squats keep a person strong. Strength is the fountain of youth.

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            • #7
              If I could choose only 1 exercise to do ever...it would be the overhead squat. Squatting is wonderful, but you need to work the upper body as well. That being said, I'm terrible at overhead squatting

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                Keep your squat, lol. I'll take sprinting.
                I agree, with the opportunity to load with different degrees of steepness including hill sprints and weighted west, back packs, etc. will give a better overall training impact and possibilities than squats for general fitness! But why choose one exercise only…
                "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                - Schopenhauer

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                • #9
                  I prefer deadlift.

                  Nothing against squat, but if its ONLY one exercise the deadlift has the capacity to load the arms, shoulders, traps and upper back and lower back for development as well as that posterior chain. While the squat may put a load ON these areas its more of a static hold sort of work compared to what you see in the deadlift.

                  But this is an age old battle with no winner or loser.

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                  • #10
                    Think it would be Dips or Pull ups for me. I watch video's such as the one linked and it just makes me wonder if squats are worth it....don't do this, don't do that, don't lean this way, don't lean that way.......fricken nightmare !

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                    • #11
                      Squat for me, too. It's also the one I'm best at.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        OK just got done watching the last half of that video (skipped the early anatomy lesson... know that stuff ). So I really liked it! And I totally agree with his stock answer to almost all fitness questions "It depends".

                        Found the info on knee tracking with narrow vs wider and the stuff about knees going past toes vs staying back really informative. I may give some of those ideas a shot and try squatting again. Might "allow" my knees to track just a bit more forward than my super strict restrictions on that from before. According to his info there this would increase stressors on the knee, but reduce it on the low back....might be great for my issues.

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                        • #13
                          I am not going to see that video, but if I was in jail and was allowed to come out for 30 minutes per day to do one exercise only, I had chosen sprint because of all the possibilities. If had to choose one exercise from the weight room, I would have chosen bent over rows that gives much more opportunities to work the lower and upper body than a squat and even a deadlift…
                          "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                          - Schopenhauer

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                            I am not going to see that video, but if I was in jail and was allowed to come out for 30 minutes per day to do one exercise only, I had chosen sprint because of all the possibilities. If had to choose one exercise from the weight room, I would have chosen bent over rows that gives much more opportunities to work the lower and upper body than a squat and even a deadlift…
                            You could bastardize your deadlift into a bent row as you come up and the guards would be none the wiser!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                              I am not going to see that video, but if I was in jail and was allowed to come out for 30 minutes per day to do one exercise only, I had chosen sprint because of all the possibilities. If had to choose one exercise from the weight room, I would have chosen bent over rows that gives much more opportunities to work the lower and upper body than a squat and even a deadlift…
                              If we are basing the merit of an exercise on the amount of body parts it hits then Man Makers would probably be king. Pretty much takes all the exercises and throw them into one crazy ass exercise.

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