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October 28, 2013 1:46 PM
So I've added aerobics to my workout schedule in the form of BodyPump, which is mostly good but the squats just kick my arse even without any weights and I can only just manage lunges without falling over. I still weigh 135kg so as excuses go I don't think that's a bad one, however I want to get fitter not make excuses.

What's the most effective way to try and build up my squat and lunge capacity to the point where I'm not embarrassing myself? The rest of the workout I was more or less ok with (ish) just the squats and lunges that defeated me.
  33970987
October 28, 2013 1:50 PM
Do more squats. Practice your stand and train your body to do it correctly. When I started Pump it hurt the first few times then my body started adapting to it a lot better.

Good luck!
October 28, 2013 1:51 PM
Doing squats and lunges is the only way to get better at Squats and lunges. You could also add more squats and lunges to your workout...! Good Luck :)
October 28, 2013 1:51 PM
QUOTE:

So I've added aerobics to my workout schedule in the form of BodyPump, which is mostly good but the squats just kick my arse even without any weights and I can only just manage lunges without falling over. I still weigh 135kg so as excuses go I don't think that's a bad one, however I want to get fitter not make excuses.

What's the most effective way to try and build up my squat and lunge capacity to the point where I'm not embarrassing myself? The rest of the workout I was more or less ok with (ish) just the squats and lunges that defeated me.


Simple. Squat more. You won't magically get better at squatting or lunges without doing them.
October 28, 2013 1:52 PM
Pretty much what everyone else has said. Keep doing it and you will get better every time. :)
October 28, 2013 1:53 PM
Practice makes perfect, although doing more core work will help you especially with the lunges to keep your balance. So adding some ab exercises will help you as well.
October 28, 2013 1:53 PM
Keep doing squats and lunges to make them easier. Then, when they get easy, add weights to your hands so they become hard again. They always suck. But, such a good calorie burn, during and after your workout.
  1776158
October 28, 2013 1:56 PM
www.twohundredsquats.com
October 28, 2013 1:57 PM
If you are just starting out they will get much easier, in a matter of weeks, if you keep doing them 3 x week. Then you have to start adding progressive weight.
  2927295
October 28, 2013 1:59 PM
QUOTE:

Keep doing squats and lunges to make them easier. Then, when they get easy, add weights to your hands so they become hard again. They always suck. But, such a good calorie burn, during and after your workout.

I actually do three sets of 10 with weights as part of my strength training at home, however it's the high reps on BopyPump that killed me.

Guess it's time to get squatting more, thanks guys.
QUOTE:

www.twohundredsquats.com

Bookmarked, thanks.
Edited by GADavies On October 28, 2013 2:01 PM
  33970987
October 28, 2013 2:00 PM
To become good at X, do X frequently.
October 28, 2013 2:01 PM
make sure you do a full squat aka ass to grass.
Watch a youtube video if you're unsure.
October 28, 2013 2:03 PM
QUOTE:

Do more squats. Practice your stand and train your body to do it correctly. When I started Pump it hurt the first few times then my body started adapting to it a lot better.

Good luck!


QFT!
  32075345
October 28, 2013 2:06 PM
QUOTE:

squats just kick my arse


probably doing them right.

keep it up.
October 28, 2013 2:10 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

squats just kick my arse


probably doing them right.

keep it up.


THIS
October 28, 2013 2:19 PM
Everyone else is right but you may also want to start doing some mobility work to prevent any issues in the future.

This is a great one that I wish I had found a long time ago.
http://youtu.be/FSSDLDhbacc
  18262944
October 28, 2013 2:25 PM
When squating with weights, you should squat down to the point just before your lower back starts to round. Without weights on your back i would think it's okay to squat lower. Also, I squat no lower than when the angle of my knees reach 90 degrees.
I used to do a 100+ squat kicks for martial arts (alternating legs) and after awhile the pain is not as bad ... so as others have stated, practice makes perfect. Oh, and stretching is important too.
Edited by ubishi On October 28, 2013 2:26 PM
October 28, 2013 2:27 PM
Practice, practice, practice. I looked like a complete assclown when I started doing squats. Now I think I look pretty good doing them.
  45786369
October 28, 2013 2:31 PM
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squats just kick my arse

They're supposed to...if they're easy then you're doing them wrong. You will need to add weight soon to keep challenging yourself...they should always kick your ass, that's why squats rock.
October 28, 2013 2:31 PM
stop being a girly man. Squat n repeat squat n repeat squat n repeat.
October 28, 2013 5:25 PM
QUOTE:

Everyone else is right but you may also want to start doing some mobility work to prevent any issues in the future.

This is a great one that I wish I had found a long time ago.
http://youtu.be/FSSDLDhbacc


Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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