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Split Squat Video

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Split Squat Video

I believe that this demonstration of the split squat was the first video we posted on Facebook. I chose to start with this exercise because of the importance I place on lower body strength training with my clients and in my own workouts.

At this stage of life there is nothing more important to me than to be able to move independently. This was not always the case. When I first started training in my teens I focused on my chest and arms- the “show” muscles instead of the “go” muscles. And while I saw great gains in upper body mass I was top heavy and out of balance. If I did lower body work it was on the leg extension and leg curl machines.

As my exposure to strength training grew I began squatting but was limited by my history of back issues owing to herniated discs. I struggled through this (with the occasional bout of bed rest from back spasms) until I was introduced to the concept of single leg work. I was not a complete stranger to the idea as I had been doing martial arts in my twenties and early thirties. But it was my time working with and talking to Michael Boyle of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning around the issue of single leg strength training that improved my clients’ and my own results with strengthening legs.

If I were to change anything in the video I might have my client shorten the distance between her front and back foot to avoid any back sway or hip discomfort. Her shoulders stack up beautifully over hips which is a critical teaching cue. To clear up any misconceptions on making the exercise easier, what I refer to as a regression, I would start with either the bar-assisted or TRX-assisted version and then progress to the isometric hold.

Please let me know your thoughts and questions!

 

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