Working Thighs and Leg Biceps

The Single Best Exercise For Thighs

Vince Gironda Sissy Squat

If you could only do one exercise for your thighs, what would it be?

Vince Gironda And Squats

What’s all this I hear about Vince Gironda and squats?

Vince, do you really hate them so much?

Every bodybuilder who did anything has used squats, even Reeves. Are you totally against squats?

I want you to answer this question through your MuscleMag International column so that the bodybuilding world will know just what your opinion is.

Squats spread the hips! If your hips are so narrow that you need to s-p-r-e-a-d them out then squat. OK?

If you look at some champs, yes, even the most popular ones, you will see that they have in many cases ruined their physiques by heavy deep squats.

Even guys with narrow hip structures can do this.

I refuse to have squat racks in my gym. I have something better, a press machine. When my pupils use this they can place their feet forward of the bar so that the squat is performed with the torso leaning backwards instead of forwards. This will take the stress off the butt and hips and throw it right on the thighs.

I agree that back squats can be used in moderation by those who are in need of butt and hip muscle, but moderation is the key word.

At no time should you get into the habit of performing heavy back squats, coming up with the butt first, head between the knees, etc.

You could hurt your back this way - as well as spreading the hips.

Vince Gironda Low Pulley Squeezes

I need an exercise to work the inner part of my thighs and the long satorius muscle.

I don’t have access to a nautilus abductor-adductor machine.

What can I do instead Vince?

I get my students to do low pulley squeezes on a cable crossover machine, 5 sets of 12-15 reps.

Sit on a low box in the center of a cable crossover machine. Hold the low handles on the inside of your thighs.

Allow the resistance to pull your thighs open as far as you can, really stretching the inner thigh and then using inner thigh strength only, slowly squeeze your thighs together.

Hold for a count of two to contract the muscle.

I feel this exercise is superior to the Nautilus machine. Try it and see.

Why Was Vince Gironda Against Squats?

Why are you against squats?

Everything I read…You say you are against squats.

I am not against squats. I do my own version (3 part with Burlesque bump).

I also advocate Hack Squats and Sissy Squats etc.

What I am against is heavy, flat-footed back squats where the subject comes up with his head between his knees for the sake of adding more weight.

For every inch on the thighs you will get three inches on the hips using this insane style.

The Roman Chair Squat

In your book Unleashing the Wild Physique you demonstrate an old exercise called the Roman Chair Squat.

Now come on Vince, you know as well as I do that this is an old-fashioned, lousy leg exercise. It has been totally superceded by modern apparatus such as the hack machine, and leg press machine, so why are you pushing this antiquated movement? It’s useless!

How dare you intimate that I am deliberately misleading readers.

Throughout my career I have resisted jumping on the commercial bandwagon for self profit. I have outright refused to endorse over one hundred different products in the last five years. Why? Because I didn’t believe in them 100 percent!

So why would I push the Roman Chair leg apparatus. I don’t sell them. I have no commercial interest in them.

No Sir, I promote the apparatus because in spite of being old-fashioned as you call them, the Roman Chair is a great shape builder for men and women (Ask Gladys Portugues or Mohamed Makkawy).

Incidentally barbells and dumbbells are even older (more old fashioned) yet every single champion bodybuilder uses them to build his body. Or would you care to let me know of one, just one, who does not use free weights in his workouts at least 90 percent of the time.

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