From Russia with legs [Official challenge]

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    From Russia with legs [Official challenge]

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    So, yes, I could have just named this one "Cossack squats challenge". But it seems you guys have got used to a little more creativity, and cheesy as this one may be, I think I'll stand by it.

    You have a few days to practice, and share your results in this very thread.

    If you're relatively new to Darebee and wondering what this is all about and how it works, go no further than our FAQ.

    If you still have questions, feel free to ask them below.

    And of course, don't hesitate to join in, and/or tag anyone who could be interested!

    #2
    You really made a tough challenge here.

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      #3
      Remember EC is optional.

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        #4
        Happy to see a new challenge ...unhappy I can't participate 😥 * knee treatment *

        I wish you good luck Bees

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          #5
          I'll give it a shot! It should help with my pistol squats.

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            #6
            I'm building my mobility to do cossack squat, I can't get past parallel (thigh to ground) now, any tip from the pro here?

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              #7
              Originally posted by Redline View Post
              Remember EC is optional.
              you and your funny words, "optional"
              never heard this one before

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                #8
                Originally posted by Haidare View Post
                I can't get past parallel (thigh to ground) now, any tip from the pro here?
                Practicing sitting in a deep squat will help with your hip mobility (regular short sessions will be more beneficial than a few overly long ones, in my experience).
                You can hold a dumbbell (or some other kind of weight) in your hands to help with balance and make sure you don't fall backwards.
                Using stretches that increase your ankle flexibility will also be beneficial, since both ankles and hips come into play here.

                Originally posted by lpf View Post
                you and your funny words, "optional"
                never heard this one before
                Oh, I've got another one for you: "Brains are optional when working out. A functional spine and nerve system can theoretically suffice. But still, no brainz, no gainz."

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                  #9
                  The good news is, I know an excellent video about deep squats and hip mobility.
                  The bad news is, it's entirely in French. But I've checked the automated English subs and they do make the whole thing pretty understandable.

                  If you're curious, here it is:

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Redline View Post
                    Practicing sitting in a deep squat will help with your hip mobility (regular short sessions will be more beneficial than a few overly long ones, in my experience).
                    You can hold a dumbbell (or some other kind of weight) in your hands to help with balance and make sure you don't fall backwards.
                    Using stretches that increase your ankle flexibility will also be beneficial, since both ankles and hips come into play here.
                    Hmm, it seems like I'm going in the right direction.
                    I can now do 3 sets of 25 controlled deep squat but I just can't go as deep with cossack squat, always just a little bit past parallel would put me off balance.
                    It feels like my hip adductor won't let me go further.

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                      #11
                      Alright. I did 18 on each leg with both Extra Credits. That was a lot of fun!

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                        #12
                        I got 60 + EC1

                        I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it today because I woke up with a pulled calf a couple of days ago after doing Superhero Speed. My calf and quads are still sore, but I powered through.

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                          #13
                          My final count at 1 min was 38 total, just the basic without any ECs. Good practice though, thanks @Redline!

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                            #14
                            Oh, I didn't post here... I did 40 (none of the ECs), though I didn't watch the video in the end, nor did I look up any other material, nor did I record myself, so no one (including me) is going to tell if I did them correctly.

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                              #15
                              Sooo... I've been very busy, and this is very late, but still, better late than never, isn't that what they say?

                              I went for both ECs. I guess my form is good overall, but my speed obviously suffered. And I managed not to spill any of the water, until... ah, well, there's a video. You can see for yourselves.

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