Trying to squat with achy knees can be tricky – you don’t want to lose too much strength, but you want to the problem to go away. Here’s what you need to do
Cuing sitting back vs. down in the squat may change how the squat looks, but muscular demands are pretty similar through the range of motion that overlaps.
The squat has several mechanical advantages over the deadlift, so why can’t your squat catch up with your deadlift? It comes down to one key difference.
How do you fix the sticking point in the squat? You don’t. Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re in the best possible position to complete the lift.
What you’re getting yourself into: 3,300 words, 11-22 minute read time Key Points: 1) Drug-free muscular potential is influenced by the size of your frame. 2) Strength is a function of neural factors and muscular factors. Once you’ve hit a point of diminishing returns for the neural factors, your strength potential will be determined by how much muscle […]
What you’re getting yourself into 2,100 words 7-14 minute read time. If you’d rather watch than read, there are both a video and a graphic covering the same information at the end of the article. Key Points 1. In general, the body utilizes single-joint muscles before two-joint muscles really kick in. This makes movement more […]
What you’re getting yourself into ~2,400 words. 6-10 minute read time. Key points: 1) When you miss a squat, it’s not because one muscle or muscle group failed – they all failed sequentially; what you perceive as your limiting factor is just the last thing that failed. 2) The quads are “maxed out” earlier in […]
What you’re getting yourself into: ~4200 words, 10-15 minute read time There’s a graphic and video at the end with the bulk of the information if you’ve given up on reading like the youths these days (*shakes cane*) Key Points 1. If you assume similar mechanics, bar position makes little difference in the challenge presented […]
What you’re getting yourself into: -1750 words. 5-8 minute read time. If you’re in a hurry, don’t fret. There are a lot of pictures that will help you get the concepts, even if you need to skim the text. Key Points: 1) If you’re afraid you deadlift with your hips too high or too low, […]
“The Map is not the Territory” -Alfred Korzybski For starters, I just want to be up front about the fact that the subjects covered in this post are very vast subjects. There are dozens of very long, technical books written about them, and this post is just a basic introduction. Actually, it’s more like an […]