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    Tom Platz: Dont deep squat

    Tom Platz just did a seminar at my gym (5 hours) and says that deep squatting is an old school thing, not something that should be done now. He also says dont use knee wraps unless you are a powerlifter.

    He pumped out 315x15 like it was 135 which was fun to see.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there folks.

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    Re: Tom Platz: Dont deep squat

    Originally posted by Mudge
    Tom Platz just did a seminar at my gym (5 hours) and says that deep squatting is an old school thing, not something that should be done now. He also says dont use knee wraps unless you are a powerlifter.

    He pumped out 315x15 like it was 135 which was fun to see.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there folks.
    Ummmmm. Thats music to my ears. Was the seminar a freebe or did you have to pay. Also did you get anything else out of the seminar?
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    What was his reason for not deep squatting? Screws up the knees?

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    was he suggesting stopping at parallel?
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    O great just as I get my squats a$$to the grass w/ some decent weight they say not to....gees! Heh.

    What was his reasoning for not going low?
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    That's awesome he came to your gym I only use raps a week before a meet just because I like the more natural feel. However, I think i'll still throw deep squats in my routine every once in a while.
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    Re: Tom Platz: Dont deep squat

    Originally posted by Mudge
    Tom Platz just did a seminar at my gym (5 hours) and says that deep squatting is an old school thing, not something that should be done now. He also says dont use knee wraps unless you are a powerlifter.
    I agree on the knee wraps, but not deep squatting.

    I spent two full days with Tom for my ISSA certification, but he did not do any lifting.





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    well damn I did ATF squats yestarday and last week! personally I LIKE them!
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    If they do not bother your knees, and you have the strength, flexability and coordination I do not think there is anything wrong with a deep squat. I have been doing them for around 15 years now, and I have never had a knee problem.

    I am actually very surprised that Tom said this.

    And I would like someone to find me a real study to prove otherwise.





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    Re: Re: Tom Platz: Dont deep squat

    Originally posted by once was fat
    Ummmmm. Thats music to my ears. Was the seminar a freebe or did you have to pay. Also did you get anything else out of the seminar?
    It was free.

    Originally posted by nikegurl
    was he suggesting stopping at parallel?
    Yep.

    I assume that some people must have problems due to foot position or whatever. I still come across people that say they are afraid of falling over, so Tom must believe that a parallel squat is just as good.

    Tudor Bompa apparently says the same thing, parallel only. He trains a good number of Olympic athletes including Ben Johnson back in the days.


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    Foot position when squatting is irrelevant, you cannot put more stress on any region of the quad based on your foot position in a squat.

    The only thing you can do is cause more stress on the knee if you put your feet close together.

    Stopping at parallel is oaky, but if you want to really bring the hams and glutes into play you need to go below parallel.





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    I just did squats for the first time in a while a few days ago, and my hams are about dead.

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    squats are not part of your normal training routine?

    btw, did Tom have on any "revealing" clothes, i.e. shorts?

    if so, were his legs still big?





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    He dropped his pants but he didn't wear shorts, yes he still looks good on the lower body side.

    I've been wussying out and doing machine hack squats for probably around 2 months.

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    Originally posted by Mudge
    He dropped his pants but he didn't wear shorts, yes he still looks good on the lower body side.
    LOL, dropped his pants? Were his legs still big, I mean did you say WOW when you saw them? I did notice his upper body did not look very big, but he was wearing a loose fitting polo type shirt and dress pants, so it was hard to asses.

    Did he tell you how his shoulders are f'd up?


    I've been wussying out and doing machine hack squats for probably around 2 months.

    You must squat, fuck that machine crap!





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