Monday, September 28, 2015

3 Squat Variations

This Fall I’m speaking again at the Oregon Shape Conference.  My topic is on squatting.  More specifically, the Deep Squat.  Is it a friend or foe.  More on this down the road.  All too often we try to pound a square peg into a round hole.  It just doesn’t  work.   Just like  squatting.  How many times have you run into a kid that can’t squat and you just tell them to keep working on it and they’ll get better.  Some never get better, because they just don’t have the prerequisites to complete the task.  It could be because they have poor ankle dorsiflextion or restricted hip, t-spine and/or  shoulder mobility. 

You’ll never know unless you run each student through a thorough screening process(ie. Functional Movement Screen – FMS) and put daily measures(ie. Functional Range Conditioning)  in place to ensure that the prerequisites are attained prior to performing any movement.
Once you have a solid understanding of where your student, athlete or client is at, then and only then can you regress or progress forward.  Here are 3 of my favorite squatting patterns that I program on a regular basis. 

TRX Single Leg Assisted Squat

Split Squat

Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat

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