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Old 10-05-2010, 12:54 PM   #11
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I'm revising my thought on this and going with... standing up.

I remember seeing something about that guy who was maybe 600 lbs. and his trainer. They were on one of the morning shows I think.

Anyway, they noted that for the first several weeks, all they did was have him stand up off the couch with a hand from the trainer. Like the stripper squat Gant mentioned. Someone who is obese and likely very sedentary, just standing up 10 times is like revving a V12 engine.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:05 PM   #12
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Once the person does get to the point where they can do a free bodyweight squat and are ready to add weight, goblet squats can be a good transition before barbell squats.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:42 PM   #13
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This thread reminds me of a great Dead Kennedys tune.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:23 PM   #14
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:05 AM   #15
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Get 'em to squat. It's good for them.

When I've trained obese person to squat, it usually starts off with somewhat of a 1/4 squat, so their butt touches the pile of plates I ask them to touch. Then ask they progress, I lower the piller pf discs. Of course, i'm talking weeks, not in one session.

Obviously their health & safety is their main priority, so they need to work within a comfortable ROM, while at the same time putting in some hard work.

I'm a big fan of goblet squats for beginners.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:50 AM   #16
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Obviously their health & safety is their main priority, so they need to work within a comfortable ROM, while at the same time putting in some hard work.
I agree with you. That's how we (at the gym I work at) handle fat loss clients and sedentary folks, nevermind people with injuries that restrict their ROM. Generally we have them squat to a box, and lower the box until we find the point at which they lose their neutral spine. Often for heavier folks, the spine is fine but the body/legs gets in the way. In that case, they just keep working on a lower ROM, inch by inch, session by session.

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I'm a big fan of goblet squats for beginners.
I do these with light kettlebells - getting the client's hands in the right position seems to be easier than with the smaller dumbbells. We also progress pretty quickly to zercher sandbag squats, using some very light sandbags (maybe 10-20 pounds). The arm positioning and back position is easy to coach - "Don't lean over and drop the bag!" and it helps get the person to a lightly loaded squat.

Basically squatting is natural and healthy, but since I see a lot of injured/injury rehab clients and fat loss clients - often with both issues - we have to take it slowly and work them along. So we do pretty much what Pete does.
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Generally we have them squat to a box, and lower the box until we find the point at which they lose their neutral spine...they just keep working on a lower ROM, inch by inch, session by session.

Basically squatting is natural and healthy, but since I see a lot of injured/injury rehab clients and fat loss clients - often with both issues - we have to take it slowly and work them along. So we do pretty much what Pete does.
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