Newbie question: moving from dumbell squats to barbell squats
"BunnyKilla" wrote in message
I've been reading Krista's site and this newsgroup for a while, but
this is the first time I've posted. Since the end of February, I've
been regularly lifting weights at home two or three times a week. I
used to do squats with a pair of dumbells held to my chest. I made
sure my feet were flat to the floor, my knees didn't pass my toes,
back didn't round, and that I went below parallel. Last week, I bought
a barbell (it's 10 pounds), because I was squatting 40 pounds, and I
thought I should start doing the barbell ones. I guess the dumbells
helped balance me, because I kept falling over backwards with the bar.
Even when I try squatting by myself, I fall over. So, now I'm starting
over with just the bar. Are there any tricks I can use, or do I just
need to build up some other muscles?
The first thing you need to do is set up some safety equipment just in
case you fall with the loaded bar.
I always found squatting with an empty bar was harder to do than if you
had some weight in it too. I'd suggest adding a bit of weight to help
you balance, after your safety equipment has been set up!
I noticed that too. When I'm doing a 50% warm-up set it's harder to balance
than when the bar is fully loaded.