Thursday, November 5, 2009

Boyle on Squats

I’ve received a lot of questions on Mike Boyle’s recent statements condemning “traditional squats”, and promoting the single leg squat.

There are hundreds of ways to squat, both good or bad depending on the context in which they are used. If you are working with a football lineman , there are situations where a traditional squat could be a good thing. On the other hand, single leg squats may be contraindicated for an athlete with a patellar osteochondral defect. Once you consider foot placement & angle, what the opposite leg is doing, what the arms are doing, the implements you are using to load (or unload), the combinations are endless. If you’re looking for a great, inexpensive video on the subject, consider Vern Gambetta’s, “Legs, Legs, Legs”. It will not only demonstrate 3D squats, but as with all Vern’s stuff will provide you with great ideas to build on.

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