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    Quick link to why squats are awesome for you?

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    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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    I don't know....probably because I do squats and deadlifts and I'm kind of big xD

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    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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    If you keep the reps low, like in Starting Strength, then mass gains will be minimized compared to strength gains.
    I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

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    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 at 03:24 PM.

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    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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    Is he concerned about throwing out his skinny jeans or something?

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    Quote 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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    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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