Happy Monday everyone! For those of you that are more like Garfield the cat, don't worry, Tuesday is less than 24 hours away. I've got a quick one for you all to look through while you're trying to shake your case of the Monday's off, kick back and enjoy.
Everyone should squat in some capacity, doesn’t matter how. Many first time and early trainees, have issues with performing a proper squat, let alone with a bar. As long as you’re not looking to enter a powerlifting meet in the next week, this isn’t really a problem. The problem usually rears when someone tries to put the square peg in the round hole, as it were, and stick someone under a bar. There are a few squat variations that will likely suit that square peg better. This little beauty is one of them that I’ve used more and more.
This technically uses a bar as well, but not quite in the same sense that you think of, so this gets a pass. This variation really allows those that struggle with squatting to get their spine in a more neutral position (much happier) and you can load this sucker up once you get the hang of it, if you choose to do so. I suggest using a box to help with getting the weight in the right position. Also, if you find that you're hitting said box, take a couple steps to the left or right before you start.
I’ve use this variation in many was for many reasons;
I'm sure everyone can find a place or purpose to use this variation. Go give it a try, and have a great week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS