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Gemma and the Neverending Re-Spawn

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18 hours ago, Harriet said:

Yeah... deep down I know I should be doing unilateral stuff. But it's so unpleasant. How do you do the split squat - other leg out to the side, or up on a bench? 

 One leg behind me. So, basically a lunge, but without the "step" step.

 

When the other leg is up on a bench, some trainers, I think,  call it a "Bulgarian Split Squat" - Nia Shanks calls it a "rear foot elevated split squat"

 

What I'm doing is supposed to look more or less like this:

 

 

https://youtu.be/yugnXp5HilQ

 

 

 

 

I think my problem is mostly just straight up relative weakness - the "wobbles" happen right at the bottom when I first start trying to come up - if it were a regular squat, I would say "getting out of the hole."

 

I can be much steadier if I do partial reps, so I'm hoping this will improve as I get my barbell squatting strength back up to snuff.

 

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On 4/10/2019 at 10:53 AM, Gemma said:

 One leg behind me. So, basically a lunge, but without the "step" step.

 

When the other leg is up on a bench, some trainers, I think,  call it a "Bulgarian Split Squat" - Nia Shanks calls it a "rear foot elevated split squat"

 

What I'm doing is supposed to look more or less like this:

 


Oh, that looks simple enough. Less wobbly than the rear elevated split squat, I guess. I noticed my calves and shins have been working really hard to prevent wobble, but they're taking a long time to harden up. Maybe it's the same for you? Or maybe they're doing the work other muscles are supposed to do. Hmmm. Oh well. Here's hoping we both get more stable. 

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On 4/11/2019 at 2:53 PM, Harriet said:


Oh, that looks simple enough. Less wobbly than the rear elevated split squat, I guess. I noticed my calves and shins have been working really hard to prevent wobble, but they're taking a long time to harden up. Maybe it's the same for you? Or maybe they're doing the work other muscles are supposed to do. Hmmm. Oh well. Here's hoping we both get more stable. 

 

Even after hundreds or thousands of reps of Bulgarian/rear-elevated split squats, I still wobble to the point of completely losing my positioning and having to reset, on a fairly regular basis (this is probaby because I do them right after two very draining compound leg lifts and I'm beat up by that point). So I think the wobble is not necessarily awful unless it's causing pain or preventing you from completing reps. 

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