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Doctor insights on: Wide Stance Barbell Squats

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I'm feeling pain on the neck and shoulders when doing barbell squats. Is that normal?

I'm feeling pain on the neck and shoulders when doing barbell squats. Is that normal?

Barbell Squats: You should not feel pain in the neck or shoulders if the barbell is properly positioned over the trapezius muscles. You can also try a pad over the barbell for additional comfort. If you still have pain then see a sports medicine physician or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi, is doing deep squats with heavy barbell bad for my knees? If so, what should help?

Hi, is doing deep squats with heavy barbell bad for my knees? If so, what should help?

Yes: Yes squats if not done with proper technique can result in knee and back injuries. It is beneficial to workout with a coach or a personal trainer who can guide you to perform squats with proper technique. Using knee support like knee wraps also help to prevent any injuries. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain after dropping barbell during barbell squats? What are some ways to relieve the pain?

I have upper back pain after dropping barbell during barbell squats? What are some ways to relieve the pain?

No..but: It sound as if you are describing musle spam. This may be resulting from a lower back muscle strain. I would recommend that you perform stretching exercise along with strengthening exercises. Would recommend that you participate in a yoga class or pilates. If pain persist see your pcp for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I dropped a barbell with 65# onto my lower back while doing an overhead squat. I have some bruising and swelling in the area. Should i see a doctor?

I dropped a barbell with 65# onto my lower back while doing an overhead squat. I have some bruising and swelling in the area.  Should i see a doctor?

If you have: Significant pain or find that you have a decrease in range of motion or function then medical evaluation would be prudent. ...Read more

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I'm male & bodybuilder. Whenever i lift weights (squats, barbell curls) i feel pressure on my pelvis area. No hernia as per doctor. What it could be?

I'm male & bodybuilder. Whenever i lift weights (squats, barbell curls) i feel pressure on my pelvis area. No hernia as per doctor. What it could be?

Obturator hernia: This could be a hernia if your obituary or canal, a space in your pelvis. This is hard to diagnose on physical examination and may require special imaging such as ct scan. ...Read more

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Unracked a barbell, stood in the squat position-it felt like a giant nerve around clavicle moved. Now have collar bone pain and muscle tightness..

Unracked a barbell, stood in the squat position-it felt like a giant nerve around clavicle moved. Now have collar bone pain and muscle tightness..

Get checked: Sounds as if you injured either a muscle or nerve in the area. An exam with a possible EMG with x-ray studies would help diagnosis what is likely. Good luck. ...Read more

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My thighs are a little thick/wide (genetically) but I'm still skinny, what role/part or how will squats play a role in my shape/ weight/ tone ?

My thighs are a little thick/wide  (genetically) but I'm still skinny, what role/part  or how will squats  play a role in my shape/ weight/ tone ?

Squats will help: to burn calories because you incorporate a lot of large muscles when performing a squat! If you incorporate this exercise without increasing your caloric intake then you should notice lower body fat and more toned legs, and your thighs should not get wider/bigger unless you are squatting with real heavy weights. If you stick to lighter wt, and just do more reps you are less likely to get big! ...Read more

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How should you squat over hole in train over in asia?

How should you squat over hole in train over in asia?

Clothes to ankles: To avoid soiling them and allow knees to spread apart. Hold onto handles, especially if train is moving. Excellent hand washing facilities in first class trains, especially japan. Take your own supply of toilet paper in countries or trains where it may be lacking. Carry a supply of alcohol/lanolin based hand sterilizer. Squatting for eliminations is both normal & physiologically healthy. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives for squating/deadlifts without weights?

Why not squats: If you don't have weights, squats (holding something heavy) are great for the thighs. Or wall sits or stairclimbing, or chair set-ups, or jumping/hopping exercises. ...Read more