Posts Tagged ‘Squat’

Why Your Squat Sucks

Previously, I discussed at length why your bench press might suck. Today I’m going to go along the same lines and discuss the squat. Squatting is one of the basic movement patterns that everyone should master in the gym. Truthfully, there is no perfect way to squat, but technique does exist on a continuum that…

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Opinion: Bend the Knee (In Your Squat)

Bending the knee seems to be a big problem lately.  Whether it’s to acknowledge the true ruler of Westeros or in basic exercises like the squat, it seems like many people in the North are refusing to do so. In the real world, there seems to be a psychological disconnect with bending the knee in…

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Move of the Week: Bulgarian Split-squat

Do you know what percentage of the time you spend on one foot when you’re running? If you do, you’ll understand why this move is important. THE MOVE: Bulgarian Split-squat MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Lunge; quads, glutes, and hamstrings. WHY DO IT: When you run, you are never on both feet at any point during the…

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Move of the Week: Kettlebell Thruster

What combination is just as good as chicken & waffles, and way safer than texting while driving? THE MOVE: Kettlebell Thruster MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Squat and vertical push; legs and shoulders. WHY DO IT: Chicken & waffles are great, and so are other combinations like texting and driving (okay, that last one maybe not so…

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Move of the Week: Zercher Squat

What can you do, if you have the shoulder mobility of someone in a straitjacket? THE MOVE: Zercher Squat MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Squat: quads, glutes, core. WHY DO IT: When goblet squats no longer cut it for you, it’s common to up the ante with front squats or back squats to continue driving progress on…

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Why Front Squats Are Like Mullets

Front Squats are like mullets: business up front, and party in the back. When it comes to keeping the bar on your shoulders, you have to be super-strict with your technique up front (the business side), so that you can squat properly behind the bar (the party in the back). There’s more to this as well.…

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Move of the Week: Front Squat

You’ve probably seen today’s move in one form or another. Well, it’s finally time to learn about this foundational movement for both fitness and performance, that also works the legs and abs. THE MOVE: Front Squat MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Squat: quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs. WHY DO IT: As we mentioned earlier, the front squat is…

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From ER to PR: Returning to the Platform

What’s Wrong With Me? This past Saturday, Jeremy and I competed in a powerlifting meet. However, the process to get there and do as well as I did was not exactly smooth sailing, and there were times when I felt like what I ended up accomplishing, was actually out of reach. A little over 8…

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Move of the Week: Frankenstein Squat

Winter is in full swing here…but let’s throw it back to Halloween with Frankenstein today! THE MOVE: Frankenstein Squat MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Squat: quads, glutes, hamstrings, core. WHY DO IT: Have you ever had trouble with the front-rack position in front squats or reverse lunges? In a previous Move of the Week, we showed you…

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Use the Landmine to Blow Up Your Gains

We should all be huge believers in barbells and free weights when it comes to training hard in the gym. There are many novel things that you can do, but when it come to things that are worth your time, who knew that throwing a barbell into a corner could actually be useful? This exercise…

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