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8/3/07 11:59 A

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Thank you very much for the squats lesson. I love that!

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8/3/07 8:50 A

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Back on the subject of the squat form, if you can wiggle you toes in your shoes when you are at the lowest position of the squat, you know your knees are in proper alignment. A ball wall squat is a good way to keep your chest up, but if you don't have a ball you can do a wall squat leaning directly on the wall.

Also, when I am teaching a squat, I have the person stand in front of a chair, feet lined up with the chair legs, then I have them sit back into the chair and stop just before their seat touches the chair. This is the proper form for a squat. (Then at that low point see if you can wiggle your toes in your shoes.) Then you know your weight is in the heels where it belongs and your knees are not jutting out over your toes.

Edited by: BCARSON11 at: 8/3/2007 (13:47)
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8/3/07 8:47 A

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Most discount stores have the balls. So do atheletic stores. (They will be more expensive there.) You could order one over the internet, but you would have the shipping to pay then.



Hope is the high; dread is the low; life is the stuff in between! -- Medium

"There is no such thing as destiny, only different choices. Some choices are easy. Some aren't. Those are the important one; the ones that define us as people." Quote from the movie 23.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis)
Inspire others by your example.


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8/1/07 3:44 A

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No Walmart here, just CARREFOUR AND COSTCO.

miraculousmedal

01 Nov. measurements
Weight: 138
Waist: 32.4
Hips: 38.6
Neck: 13.9

Nov. 30 measurements

Weight: 132
Waist: 31.7
Hips: 38.4
Neck: 13.7
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7/26/07 8:09 A

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Hey Jocelyn! I bought mine at Walmart for $12 - it included the pump to inflate the ball. For us petite ladies, the 55cm ball is the right size.

Is there a Walmart in Taiwan?



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7/26/07 1:47 A

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Are swiss balls affordable? How much do they cost? I need to find out here in Taiwan.

miraculousmedal

01 Nov. measurements
Weight: 138
Waist: 32.4
Hips: 38.6
Neck: 13.9

Nov. 30 measurements

Weight: 132
Waist: 31.7
Hips: 38.4
Neck: 13.7
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7/25/07 10:45 P

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I just posted this on another thread, but try doing wall squats with a swiss ball. This will encourage proper form.

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7/25/07 6:47 A

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Follow Vivian's advise because you'll really see results with the proper form. You can do it!!!

miraculousmedal

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Weight: 138
Waist: 32.4
Hips: 38.6
Neck: 13.9

Nov. 30 measurements

Weight: 132
Waist: 31.7
Hips: 38.4
Neck: 13.7
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7/24/07 11:54 P

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Vivian is 100% correct! I would also add, keep your chest up look at something on the wall in front of you mid-wall.

I'm actually the weenie - I LIKE squats, now that I can do them with correct form.

Michelle

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7/24/07 4:43 P

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You're not a weenie! The only place you should be feeling your squats is in your quadriceps (the large muscles on the front of your thighs) and in your glutes. The movement is more of lowering your butt as if you were going to sit in an imaginary chair, pausing and then returning to the starting position. Make sure your form is strict and that your knees are not going over your toes. It's also helpful to do the exercise without weights until you get the form down pat; it will still work because of the isometric contraction of the muscles.

Check out the demo:
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7/24/07 2:09 P

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I hate squats emoticon
out of all of the exercises in the world.........lol

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7/24/07 12:58 P

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When you are doing squats, are your knees extending past your toes? That can put strain on your knees.

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7/24/07 12:37 P

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I actually exercised last night and I did a bunch of squats. Now today my knees are killing me. Does that mean I did them wrong or I'm just a weenie? emoticon

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