CHope you had a great first week of October! Some really good content out this week, check it out!
My Personal Shenanigans
3 Squat Variations for Tall Athletes
Check out my most recent contribution on STACK.com about 3 squat variations for the taller athlete.
Why I Am Moving to the Front Squat
I give an in-depth look into why I am moving away from the back squat and towards the front squat with my athletes.Read Here
Articles You Don’t Want to Miss
Nailing the Coffin Shut on Instability Training Ideas
Written By: Bob Alejo via SimplyFaster
Bob goes in-depth into different instability training methods and their effectiveness or lack their of. Check out this quote from the article:
Certainly, we can agree on this: No one competes on a playing surface (field, court, pitch) where the ground moves! OK, surfers do. But on grass or dirt, the ground might give way but it doesn’t wobble to and fro, and it’s not enough of a prevalent part of sport to train on an unstable surface.
The Very Best Way to Build Forearms
T-nation gathered the opinions of a couple of the top personal trainers and strength coaches on forearm training. Hard not to agree with what strength coach Lee Boyce says here:
We can list all of the forearm-specific exercises in the world, but this truth remains: you’ll never see a guy with a big back who doesn’t have proportionately well-developed forearms.
Something For Your Ears
Industrial Strength Show Episode 133: Strength Training & Pre-Pubescent Children: Is It Dangerous?
Wonder if you should do strength training with your 8 or 9 year old? Joe gives his opinion and it’s gold.Listen Here
The Physical Preparation Podcast: Dr. Andy Galapin on How to Unplug from Tech and Social Media
Dr. Galpin joins Mike Robertson on the Physical Preparation Podcast to discuss how disconnecting can help in both fitness and life.Listen Here
Social Media Stuff
It’s October…meaning it’s #SQUATOBER!!! Each day I am offering up a new squat variation everyday on Instagram. Check out a couple examples of what I am bringing each day on Instagram.
Day 6 of #squatobervariations. The Offset KB Squat. The offset load is what makes this exercise great. By placing the load on one side of the body you require more activation of the core musculature to keep you from folding over sideways. This takes the squat from a sagittal plane lift and adds in a frontal and transverse plane stimulus as well. Kettlebells or dumbbells can be used to load this exercise. Give it a shot! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another squat variation.
Day 7 of #Squatobervariations The Counterbalance squat. This is more of a drill than a strength exercise for most because the limiting factor is the shoulders for most. The counterbalance squat is an effective drill for engraining and upright posture during the squat. The weight being placed out in front of you helps to teach keeping your own weight posteriorly while also sitting up straight. Struggle with more of a "good morning" style squat? Implement these into your warmup to help. Don't forget to Check back tomorrow for another squat variation!