The Numbers of Muscle Building (Jump squats how)

More Thoughts From the Weight-Room Floor

Explosive training for bodybuilders – Scott Abel

Death to Crunch – Scott Abel


Anabolic Aerobics—grow muscles with cardio <–Layne Norton talking about HIIT and bangs his head to wall too.

Neanderthal No More 1 – Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson

Feel Better for 10 Bucks (foam rolling) – Cressey & Robertson

Building an Olympic body through bodyweight conditioning (planche & front lever)

Stretching for Strengthening 1 & 2 – John Catanzaro

Mythbuster Vol 3 – Nate Green, T-Nation
Myth: You should go ass to grass on squats.
Mythbuster: Mike Robertson

[…] you have no business doing so.
Not at first, anyway.

Your body should have 3-D stability: in the back from spinal erectors, in the front from the rectus abdominis and external obliques, and on the sides from the obliques and quadratus lumborum. This will create a nice “weight belt” of support. Your anterior core has to be just as strong as your posterior core, or you’ll always put your lower back in jeopardy.


Now that you’ve identified the problem, you need to tear down your foundation and re-groove your squat pattern. You need to learn how to move through your hips, load your hips, and limit motion in your lower back. I’ve found the best way to do this is to limit your squat depth and get into your “functional range.”

Look again at your video, and see exactly where your pelvis tucks. Set up a box that’s slightly above that level. At first you may not feel like you’re getting low enough, but this is an important time to keep your ego in check and focus on having perfect squat form within that range.

You should also start aggressively foam rolling, focusing on your glutes, tensor fasciae latae (a strip of muscle on the front of your hip, in between your hip flexors and your gluteus medius), IT band (the sheath of connective tissue on the outside of your thigh), and quads. You also want to do some serious core work, including dead bugs and the other exercises I described here , along with ab-wheel rollouts and variations described by Mike Boyle here.

Once you’re taking care of all of the above, start lowering the box over the next few weeks or months. But don’t rush it. Go for the smallest increments your gym equipment will allow, even if it’s just an inch or two at a time. Keep going until you can get as deep as you want without tucking your pelvis. It takes a while to get used to, but when you finish the process, your squat will be a lot stronger.

And if you still want to continue to load your legs while you’re re-grooving your squat pattern, make sure to do some single leg work like lunges and split squats, along with a few exercises that allow you to go heavy and require less hip mobility, like trap-bar deadlifts and rack pulls.


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