Throughout the annals of powerlifting history and lore, one technique has stood out among all the others (and there are many) for helping men and women to squat more and more poundage: The box squat. Many powerlifters have attributed leaps from their previously plateaued weight limits, to some higher number (often by 100 to 200 additional pounds) after introducing box squats into their routine.
For as many bodybuilders as there are in the world, there's probably a split for each one. That means literally hundreds of combinations of splits that can lead you down the path to mass building or fat leaning success. There are 3-day splits, 4-day splits, 5, 6 and 7-day splits, and everything in between.
Talk about excuses! I’ve got a bad back. My knees are shot. It’s torture on my neck… yadda, yadda, yadda. You’d think the gym was hosting the local octogenarian crochet convention the way grown men whine like old women when it comes time to get under the rack. You’d figure that after all these years, they’d finally have it worked out – if you want to be a semi-buffed showboat, whine away – but if you want to be a bodybuilder, shut up and squat!
In today’s world of synthol and esciline, many bodybuilding fans have sat and had a chuckle at the sight of a professional bodybuilder with ridiculously oversized upper arms, and extremely skinny forearms. It’s a classic and painfully obvious sign that the bodybuilder has used site injections, since it’s virtually impossible to gain size on the biceps without gaining size on the forearms. After all, the forearms grip the weight used in curls and do handle the same weight that the biceps are required to curl. Most professional bodybuilders are blessed with decent forearm development, or it arrived pretty quickly when they trained to achieve pro caliber biceps.
Probably one of the most interesting things about bodybuilding is the fact that it can be approached from so many different angles. This is true about training philosophy, and also about individual exercises. Angles are, quite literally, everything. However, oftentimes, when we’ve come to know an activity, we know it in a way that is very singular. That is to say, we know the inroads toward achievement in one particular way. After awhile, we become so accustomed to that one way that we often begin to believe that it’s the only way. In fact, for a great many reasons, we’re eager to keep it familiar. It’s easier to have a customary method for doing things. But as with anything, there’s always more than one way to skin a cat. And sometimes, considering other alternatives and approaches is exactly what’s needed to move forward.