May 7th, 2011
Schedule Update: The Strength Saturday class for Saturday, May 7th has been moved back one hour for tomorrow only. It will go from 5 to 7 PM, instead of the normal 4 PM start.
Ann is seen here squatting to the appropriate depth – below parallel
Now that Sectionals are over, we are free to turn to weightier matters on Friday nights/Saturday mornings. Before we dive deeply into some topics I have in the queue, I wanted to highlight an article that Mark Rippetoe recently wrote about squatting and strength training in general. For those that don’t know him, Rippetoe is strength coach out of scenic Wichita Falls, Texas who is also a talented writer. He penned a piece for T Nation recently which affirms the principle that squatting deeply is the road towards all things noble and good in this world. Here’s a little taste for you:
Squats below parallel are your homework. The result of doing them is that you get stronger on all the other exercises, even the pressing movements, because squats make your whole body stronger – if you do them correctly. I know it’s harder that way, and one of the ways you know it’s wrong to do them high is that everybody else does them high. When was the last time that thing everybody else was doing turned out to be the right thing to do?
Deep squats done with a weight that’s a little heavier each time you train affect your body in a way that no other exercise can. And believe me when I say that "other methods" have been tried. They just don’t work. And it’s not that they don’t work as well, they don’t work at all.
For those that would like to keep reading, you can find the entire article over at T Nation. It is entitled, When it Comes to Squats, Easier Doesn’t Work.