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Why are these so miserable?
it's because of the balance component. you'll find that lunges are much easier than these despite the movement and muscles stressed are essentially the same. lots of people have shit-tier balance and neglecting your balance means it will get worse over time. generally bad balance won't become an issue till you're older and then it becomes a much bigger issue because of heightened consequences.
Are these good for balance gains?
yeah, single-leg stance with vertical displacement is a challenging motion to perform. for the sake of improving/maintaining your balance then these could certainly be part of a program since they somewhat resemble how the body navigates down stairs. there is specificity even in balance training so if you want to work on your balance to decrease fall risk later in life then there's a lot that goes into it. for example, you'll want to mimic situations where other people/forces are working on you (someone bumping into you accidently, holding/carrying something challenging), situations where you have uneven/unstable ground (walking on grass, unlevel land, ramps, heavily carpeted floors, bad sidewalks), low-light situations (humans rely heavily on visual information to maintain balance, close your eyes and you'll find all activities harder to keep balanced), situations with obstacles (stepping over and around things, narrow passages). no one has the time to do all these sort of things (or even things that come close) unless they have a hobby like gymnastics or maybe something like freerunning. just stay active and be careful in the winter.
a simple yes would have sufficed..
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finally a proper response, thank you
What's in it for me if I achieve maximum balance?
If you keep maximum balance, you're way less likely to have a damaging fall when you're old.
Old people are so weak, it's pathetic
imagine to think they were once like you
cruel to have such a life and have them slowly taken away from you
>feels when my dad contiually says "never get old"
age is terrifying
to think one day my body will be so withered and atrophied that a simply fall might kill me is unbelievable.
How exactly does a fall kill an old fart? Direct trauma to the head/brain? Internal bleeding afterwards?
You will lose mass and strength but you can always stay active to keep your body from becoming a bedridden senile fuck. My grandma died at 82 and up to a week before dying she was still cooking, feeding chickens, slaughtering animals for food, walking 5 miles twice every sunday for mass and washing her clothes by hand. It makes me angry to see pussified sóyboys and lazy fat bitches complain about doing the dishes or walking a few blocks because my grandma always told me "God gave you a body for a reason. Use it well"
your body decides these things for you
sure you can be active in earlier life but when your body starts fucking you, you can't really do much
think you can stop your eyes from deteriorating?
Eyes and skeleton/muscle deteriorate in different ways.
My dad is in his 70's. He said today that his muscles are shrinking. Told him to keep getting lots of animal based nutrition. Gonna build him a handrail this week, though.
Those, or breaking bones and not being able to move to get to a phone to call for help. And even if you can, then being less able to cope the next time.
Because they're the single best leg exercise
Just do walking lunges or the step back ones.
Mike boyle switched from these to single leg squats. But bulgariams might be better
Because they are hard. That means they are worth doing.
>Because they are hard. That means they are worth doing.
Surprisingly I like them considering I fucking hate back squatting.
Because they work quads very well. I get better gains from these than barbell squats
I second . These will also engage the quads very preferentially, particularly the lower quads around the knee area and the vastus medialis (the teardrop in your inner quads). The trick is to go as forward and deep as you can, basically ass to heel, which will be super hard on your flexibility (hip flexors) and balance. The cue I use to engage the quads is to focus on pressing through my toes
Going as far forward as you can makes them hit glutes more for me personally. Staying further back hits quads more. But your mileage may vary
I do these except I jump as high as I can on each rep. That's how you increase the intensity. You will be sore the next day.
i always feel like i'm going to tear my acl when I do these what am i doing wrong?
Probably loading too heavy. They don't need much weight. I use a single 65lb db but I've been doing them for years. I can get a solid stretch unweighted on them. I just get way too many reps unweighted. If you can't get 15 or so in a single set, the weight is too high.
thanks anon. i think the highest i've ever gone was 35 lbs, but it's been a while. i'll get some in next leg day and do like 25
Hurts my knee on whichever leg is resting on the bench. Maybe I need a lower bench.
are these better to do with a single dumbbell like pic related or 2 dumbbells on either side of your leg?
Two dumbbells will make it somewhat easier to balance than in the goblet-squat variant.
I prefer to use one dumbell, hold it in the hand that will be inside, and use my outside hand to hold onto something in case I lose balance.
>but then you won't get optimal balance gains
I know, don't care, I just like having big legs.
>will a balance exercise be easier with a lower center of gravity or a higher center of gravity
The center of gravity doesn't shift vertically based on 1 vs. 2 dumbbells. Saying higher or lower center of gravity makes no sense and it's obvious you don't know what you're even talking about but it's a buzzword you know and you want to throw your 2 cents in.
How are these if you can't squat due to lumbar disc issues? Im tired of not being able to do legs.
Should I do Left then Right back to back, or take a break between? I usually do sets of 8-10 and feel fatigued by the time i switch from R->L
I'd say a quick breather is fine, but I wouldn't wait much longer than a minute. You can always switch which leg you do first from set to set if you feel the second leg isn't getting trained hard enough
Because bulgaria is miserable. Same is true of most former USSR nations. At least croatians are good shitposters
because they work
I only did these for glute gains but i hate them, what exercises are best for glute gains? The strap on a pulley and then pulling it up with your ankle? I see people in gym doing it and it looks like it would work the glutes well. I already squat and leg press and leg curls for legs but nothing targeting glutes
Half repping Step ups fucks my glutes up like crazy.
What weight is everyone using for these?
I dont use any weights, touching your fucking knee to the ground and then jumping is already hard enough for the time being, also I'm 6'3
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