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April 1, 2013 5:10 PM
i also saw this today -- my mom posted it on my facebook haha.
but we're both gonna start it after supper!
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April 1, 2013 5:12 PM
Should I do squats with a knee that crunches badly? Started the challenge yesterday but the noise put me off.
April 1, 2013 5:14 PM
I've been doing the squats challenges for months now....since February I believe.

I notice a big difference in my thighs and booty...they are much toner than when I was at the same weight before.

I really look forward to them...and I am impressed with how I was able to work up to doing so many squats at once. I was doing 300 squats in one session the other day. I never thought I would be able to...and now I know I can...and I do.

Love it!

You can find a bunch of the squat challenges listed here: http://the-iron-angel.tumblr.com/tagged/challenges

I'm doing the April Challenge right now, but you could start with the Jan or Feb one for a less intense one.
  35558570
April 1, 2013 6:14 PM
I squat 100-130lbs, 3sets, 15 reps. It works!

The challenge sounds good, lots of squats is better than no squats. But it makes me wonder, would you see more progress doing 100 dumb bell curls with a 5 lb weigh OR 10 curls with a 20 lb weight? Im guessing youd progress more with high weight, low reps.

This is why I use heavy weight. BUT Im no expert. Can anyone tell me why this challenge would be better than using heavy weights?
April 1, 2013 6:18 PM
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April 1, 2013 6:18 PM
I didn't see anything about weight. Isn't there weight involved? I've started doing it with a kettlebell but interested in what others are doing.
  36110546
April 1, 2013 6:20 PM
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Should I do squats with a knee that crunches badly? Started the challenge yesterday but the noise put me off.


I have bad knees too so I do straight leg dead-lifts. It's also good for booty and doesn't hurt your knees.
  36110546
April 1, 2013 6:28 PM
I honestly don't think you should do this challenge. There are so many things wrong with it. First of all being that working your leg muscles hard everyday doesn't give them any time to recover. And second, doing dozens upon dozens of squats daily will stress your hip flexors and make you prone to injury.

If you want to build strength in your legs and tighten your bottom, you should look into do squats every other day or every 2 days. Start with body weight only and add dumbell weights as you get stronger. Do 10 or 15 squats, rest for a minute and do another 10 or 15, do that for a total of 8 times. Rest a day or two and then Repeat. Once the 8 sets are easy, add weight. and start over with 8 to 10 reps for 8 sets. ....it gets easy again, add more weight. That way you are building strenght and doing it in a safe manner.

squats and lunges are ok for weak knees but only if you don't over do it by doing too much too soon.

I have bad knees and I squat with 32lbs. I do 5sets with 8 reps in each set. Next week I plan to bump that up 36lbs.
April 1, 2013 6:31 PM
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IS.THAT.DARRYL!? AHHH!!! lucky!!!!
Edited by sangeyvang On April 1, 2013 6:32 PM
April 1, 2013 6:50 PM
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April 2, 2013 5:33 AM
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April 2, 2013 5:35 AM
on day 2 today!!!
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April 2, 2013 5:36 AM
On day 2 myself!
April 2, 2013 5:37 AM
I did it last month, and my arse looks FABULOUS!!!!! I can tell a pretty big difference.
April 2, 2013 5:40 AM
I don't photograph my backside. . .or, really, I generally avoide camera's altogether, but I can tell you that squats, lunges, and the like. . .can only help one's backside and quads/hams. Make sure your form is correct and don't put too much stress on your knees (ie make sure your knees don't shoot out over your toes) and you'll make those booty muscles work nicely. And, from my husband's stand point. . .squats are VERY good!!! :-)
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April 2, 2013 5:41 AM
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April 2, 2013 5:42 AM
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I honestly don't think you should do this challenge. There are so many things wrong with it. First of all being that working your leg muscles hard everyday doesn't give them any time to recover. And second, doing dozens upon dozens of squats daily will stress your hip flexors and make you prone to injury.

If you want to build strength in your legs and tighten your bottom, you should look into do squats every other day or every 2 days. Start with body weight only and add dumbell weights as you get stronger. Do 10 or 15 squats, rest for a minute and do another 10 or 15, do that for a total of 8 times. Rest a day or two and then Repeat. Once the 8 sets are easy, add weight. and start over with 8 to 10 reps for 8 sets. ....it gets easy again, add more weight. That way you are building strenght and doing it in a safe manner.

squats and lunges are ok for weak knees but only if you don't over do it by doing too much too soon.

I have bad knees and I squat with 32lbs. I do 5sets with 8 reps in each set. Next week I plan to bump that up 36lbs.


Someone talking sense. flowerforyou
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April 2, 2013 6:58 AM
<= here is my before and after of March. the before is a week in, and I think I skipped 4 days of it? This month, I am adding dumbells, then, in June starting on real weights.
April 2, 2013 6:59 AM
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I honestly don't think you should do this challenge. There are so many things wrong with it. First of all being that working your leg muscles hard everyday doesn't give them any time to recover. And second, doing dozens upon dozens of squats daily will stress your hip flexors and make you prone to injury.

If you want to build strength in your legs and tighten your bottom, you should look into do squats every other day or every 2 days. Start with body weight only and add dumbell weights as you get stronger. Do 10 or 15 squats, rest for a minute and do another 10 or 15, do that for a total of 8 times. Rest a day or two and then Repeat. Once the 8 sets are easy, add weight. and start over with 8 to 10 reps for 8 sets. ....it gets easy again, add more weight. That way you are building strenght and doing it in a safe manner.

squats and lunges are ok for weak knees but only if you don't over do it by doing too much too soon.

I have bad knees and I squat with 32lbs. I do 5sets with 8 reps in each set. Next week I plan to bump that up 36lbs.


Someone talking sense. flowerforyou


Lots of sense here. I would suggest making sure your form is right before adding weight, for sure. Make sure your knees aren't going out past your toes and that you are going below parallel (once you get strong enough). I'm backside-heavy, sometimes when I squat I can't get back up. I also lack balance, so practicing the higher reps with no weight is essential for me if I haven't been doing them lately.

Practice makes perfect and every bit helps, just don't forget to rest.
April 2, 2013 7:23 AM
Interested....
April 2, 2013 7:26 AM
QUOTE:

I squat 100-130lbs, 3sets, 15 reps. It works!

The challenge sounds good, lots of squats is better than no squats. But it makes me wonder, would you see more progress doing 100 dumb bell curls with a 5 lb weigh OR 10 curls with a 20 lb weight? Im guessing youd progress more with high weight, low reps.

This is why I use heavy weight. BUT Im no expert. Can anyone tell me why this challenge would be better than using heavy weights?


Because not everyone has access to heavy weights...or wants to do heavy weights. It's not about better or worse...it's about doing.
  35558570
April 2, 2013 9:17 AM
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It's not about better or worse...it's about doing.


BRAVO!

Peeps, please keep it safe, but if you can safely do 300 squats, do 300 squats. Everytime I do a squat I am lifting a heavy weight ... so there's that.
  19779294
April 2, 2013 9:47 AM
It seems so crazy to me and I haven't seen any success stories on it. I wish I knew if it "worked" also. I would love to see some before and after leg and butt pictures! :) I was thinking about starting that challenge also. I just saw it today!
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April 2, 2013 10:23 AM
I started it yesterday because I am not financially able to go to a gym right now and my lunch times are my training times outside for an upcoming 5k so I can't make it to the free gym at a church near where I work. I have squatted heavy (for me) with a barbell for quite a while and I do prefer it.

The challenge I'm doing was up on tumblr. I did 25 regular squats yesterday and 25 sumo squats. Today it jumps to 100!There are rest days and it ends at 300. It is called "squatageddon 2013" from the Iron Angel. Let me tell ya, I am soooooreeee today! Trying to figure out how I'm gonna power through 100 today.

I get the whole" why do 31465431354 body weight, when you can go 3 sets of 15 of heavy weight with the BB, but sometimes, folks just can't make it to a bb. I predict that my ass will still lift:-)
April 2, 2013 10:39 AM
I've seen different variations of the squat challenge, some are much more intense than others. I already have a well endowed bottom, however, with weight gain it was starting to look like it needed a serious boost. I started doing three variations of squats daily some days with weight and some without.

The first week I went without weights because form is so important with squats. Combined with my regular cardio I definately see that old girl is perking back up with three week and a half weeks of daily squats. Like all weigh baring excercise it can change the shape but we still have to work on the fat surrounding it, if thats your goal. If your goal is to just a build a booty drop it like a squat! And throw some deadlifts in there too!

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