My legs are probably that far apart when I deadlift. Not in that exact pattern (she is doing a pretty gnarly half-squat...not even close to a full repetition), but you get the idea.
This is almost exactly how I stand:
"Everybody without exceptions ought to do deadlift and squats! - Amen!"
And the high priest Rippetoe, and all the other die-hard muscleheads and bros around the globe are all nodding in holy agreement about the first commandment of the new Starting Strength religion...
You absolutely can do this. Don't simply choose not to. I don't care if you're 16 years old or 67 years old. You're perfectly capable, and you're a lot stronger and impressive than you think you are. You'd be shocked what you can accomplish. You just need to believe in yourself.
janie, nobody is saying you should load up 250# and try deadlifting that. But what ChocoTaco is trying to say, if perhaps a bit to enthusiastically, is that the MOTIONS involved in squatting, benching and deadlifting are extremely beneficial, regardless of how much or little weight is on the bar, assuming they are done properly.
With that being said, you listed some things that would probably support your avoidance of them. But do your doctor and trainer recommend that you avoid them after giving them full consideration, or do they recommend that you avoid them because they just blanket assume that squats and deadlifts are bad for your back/legs/knees (which is NOT true if they are performed properly)?
I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.
How did a question on the effectiveness of diet for weightloss devolve into a discussion on squats and deadlifts? You don't need to build lean muscle to lose weight, though it doesn't hurt
Ignore the jocks. It is perfectly possible for many people to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight by diet and moving slowly alone. It may take time as the diet and light exercise may have to begin healing you before any significant loss, beyond initial water weight, can occur.
Why I don't worry about cholesterol:
Lyon Diet Heart Trial
Get With The Guidelines admission data
Sydney Diet Heart Study revisited
Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet
The problem with modern medicine is that doctors don't view the prescription of drugs as a failure to keep you healthy
There are two effective tools to lose body fat:
Diet is the most important thing for weight loss. Exercise is what ensures that the weight you lose is fat while preserving muscle mass. So, we'll go back to the OP's question:
Somewhere along the line, some people didn't want to hear the truth. I'm not here to make excuses for others. I clearly stated over and over again that it's the motions that are important, not to throw 200 lbs on a bar and start picking it up or strapping it on your back. Learn how to increase your body's range of motion, learn how to develop proper form. If you can do that, maybe one day you can add weight. I don't need to be brainwashed by some 60 year old doctor who never touched a weight in his life, thinks coconut oil is going to kill us because of the saturated fat, thinks egg yolks are the devil incarnate, thinks that a high protein diet is going to shut down my kidneys and thinks deadlifts are going to blow out my back and squats are going to blow out my knees. That's why we're in the situation we're in. People on this site all the time switch doctors that don't understand the fat/cholesterol hypothesis. It's also important to ditch the doctors that don't understand how to exercise for doctors that have a clue.
All of you have the power to change your lives and you can all do so much more than you give yourselves credit for. If you want someone to just reassure your fears and help dig your rut deeper, don't ask me. I won't be a part of it.
Definitely 80% diet in my personal experience. Deadlifts, squats and even bench press need to be done correctly to avoid injury. If you are just beginning, go light, practice your technique - this is incredibly important, less is more, prioritize elegance not resistance in the beginning, also work the core muscles with supplementary exercises in order to prepare your body and slowly build your strength. The key to functional strength training is learning to make less feel like more. Forget about the amount of weight you can lift. Shift your focus to how you are lifting it.
Last edited by canuck416; 03-04-2013 at 04:42 PM.