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ics1974

Hi Dr. Darden,

I was just wondering why in the Bowflex body plan book your routines include Leg presses but not squats using the Bowflex. Is there a reason why you do not recommend doing squats using the Bowflex but do recommend using the leg press ?

Thanks

ICS
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Ellington Darden

ICS,

Squats on the Bowflex Ultimate take additional time to set up. And they are difficult to get into and out of. On the other hand, the leg press is much easier to manage.

But the squat is certainly an alternative on the Bowflex Ultimate.

I've heard some of the new Bowflex machines have improved the squat attachment. I haven't tried them, however.

Ellington
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ics1974

Thanks Dr. Darden

I agree squats do take more time to setup.

Thanks

ICS
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blsarmy

I own an Bowflex Extreme and The squats are amazing on it. I think Andy once said in a thread out of all the bowflex models the Extreme had the best squat set up...Its awesome..But again i guess the extreme has its setbacks on other excercises.Which the Ultimate excells in.
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jkdlou

I recently was able to get a great deal on a slightly used Ultimate II...basically a new machine for about 1/4 the cost. Coming from the old Power Pro model, the difference is noticeable. One of the main reasons I got the Ultimate II was the advertised improvement in squatting via the squat attachment.

Previously I had injured my cervical area by carefully (although improperly) loading rhe bar onto a spot too high up, pinching a nerve(I suspect). End result was I could not turn my neck for several weeks and then had restricted ROM for several months after that.

Eventually I healed and decided to give it a go again, but never felt comfortable doing squats. Andrew Short has been kind enough to give me free advice, but I still struggled. Now that I have the Ultimate II, I can say that I love(hate!) squatting. After a goofup on my part in attaching the cables the first time that I tried them, I figured out my mistake and did them right. WOW!

Ten reps at 100 lbs was all that I could handle(as the first exercise I did in my routine). Tomorrow will almost certainly be hell for my legs, but that's OK. I do have a question, though: Is there any harm in doing squats 2-3X's per week?

At my age(53) and not a lifetime of strength training behind me) is that too ambitious? I am doing 10 workouts per month, sometimes less, as I see that I need more rest than I ever have. Thanks, Lou.
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

ics wrote:
Thanks Dr. Darden

I agree squats do take more time to setup.

Thanks
ICS


So just make them your very first or your very last exercise. No big woop.
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rtestes

Mississippi, USA

ics wrote:
Thanks Dr. Darden
I agree squats do take more time to setup.
ICS


Then why not start with them. Hips and Legs are the largest muscles. Then you can speed through the rest.
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HeavyHitter32

From a performance perspective, Bowflex squats lack sufficient resistance in the weak range or bottom position. Therefore, you may want to try stage or JREPS to help balance it out.

The Bowflex leg press is pretty good for the thighs, but does not involve the glutes and hips to the degree I'd like.
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jkdlou

Gentlemen: Thanks for all the input. Sounds to me that if I use common sense, pay attention to the basics and listen to my body, squatting 2-3X's per week will not harm me and should help.

Although Bowflex squats may not be optimal compared to barbell squats, I have to say that even 100 lbs in a controlled fashion is challenging. Therefore, there has to be some muscle growth stimulation going on.
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