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Squats: Form Matters

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The squat is one of the most widely used exercises in athletic strength and conditioning. It’s also one of the most controversial. Over the years there’s been a standard in terms of squatting technique; heels on the ground, push the hips back (as opposed to the knees forward), knees aligned with the toes, etc. However, not everyone agrees with this.   The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has an interesting little study examining the impact of squatting form on...

The Power of “Don’t”: Coaching the Back Squat

Recently I had a post on social media about the importance of the squat for athletics. A friend that I really respect asked me about my thoughts on progressions for teaching the lift. I thought this would make a good post, but I’ll warn you in advance that I think we make this lift way too complicated.   First off, if you work in a one-on-one situation then you have the luxury of time. You also have the need to...

The “Best” Squat Exercise: A Rant

A few days ago I put a post out on social media about the squat being one of my “must have” exercises in a strength and conditioning program. That brought up a number of questions for me about which type of squat is best. So I thought that would be a great topic for today’s blog to at least share my thoughts on this one.   First, let me get the disclaimer out of the way. I’m not a clinician,...

The Squat And Sprinting

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  In a previous post ( http://www.cissik.com/blog/2016/05/athletes-need-to-squat/ ), I touched on the importance of the squat exercise for athletes. Continuing with this thought, Styles et al, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, conducted a study to examine if improvements in squat strength led to an increase in short (5-20 meter) sprint performance.   The authors studied 17 elite professional soccer players (mean age around 18 years old, mean back squats over 165% of body weight). The athletes trained...

Do Bands Change The Back Squat Exercise?

Bands and chains, what the research calls variable resistance training, have been around as a training tool for a while now. Powerlifters introduced these as a way to help strengthen lifts during specific parts of the lifts. The idea behind these is that they increase the resistance as the lifter moves the bar further from the floor, the further from the floor the bar is moved the more resistance there is. This is meant to help train the sticking point,...