"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
Arthur Jones believes, "has all but
destroyed the actual great value
of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
The New Bodybuilding for
Old-School Results supplies
MUCH of that "something."
This is one of 93 photos of Andy McCutcheon that are used in The New High-Intensity Training to illustrate the recommended exercises.
To find out more about McCutcheon and his training, click here.
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 ?
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.
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.
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.