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More On Why We Don’t Squat

Unilateral training has always been an interest of mine. I still love typical squats for myself. The “Monkey See, Monkey Do” philosophy in a gym environment isn’t something that I had thought about much. He makes a great point. By the way, Michael Boyle is “mad smart”. I was lucky enough to attend a seminar he spoke and worked with “us” at. The 2015 Perform Better Seminar took place in Austin on Saturday, Valentine’s Day. He was excellent! Check him out.

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A recent thread on our site made me realize I need to continue to write about why we don’t squat. I still don’t think people realize that my decision to stop doing back and front squats was not a knee jerk, attention grabbing ploy but rather the culmination of a twenty year long thought process. Our changes were based on years of lifting, coaching and observation. Our decision to switch to unilateral exercises was based on three thoughts:

1- Number of back issues we were seeing in our groups. Our number one mandate is “do no harm”. Although we did not have many serious back issues I would say at any given time in our collegiate strength program a minimum of 10-20 percent of our athletes would be dealing with back pain that limited the athlete and caused us to modify their training. I struggled to accept the idea…

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Subcutaneous vs Visceral Fat

Not trying to look the part of Santa or Mrs. Claus for the season? A growing belly is typically resulting from the increase in more than one type of fat within the body.

Subcutaneous Fat

This is the kind of fat you can grab with your hand if desired. It is found directly under your skin. The subcutaneous abdominal fat is commonly referred to as the “stubborn” abdominal body fat. This is the sneaky barrier that loves to hide that beloved abdominal wall of many fours, sixes, and eight packs. It tends to be more difficult to burn even through diet and exercise. This has some to do with how the network of blood vessels is not as dense in this area. Sub-maximal measurement is with skin calipers to estimate your total body fat. Subcutaneous body fat is not necessarily a health risk. Two examples would be the booty and thighs. Body fat also acts as an insulator. Subcutaneous might not be as dangerous as visceral, but it is still an issue. Added weight from overeating and lack of physical activity can stress the joints and increase risk of diseases.

Visceral Fat

The fat that is TRULY harmful is visceral fat. Visceral fat is an intra-abdominal fat that fills the space surrounding your organs. It is sometimes referred to as “active” fat, because it plays a dangerous role in affecting the functionality of our hormones. The best way to test for visceral body fat is to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan). This fat cannot be liposuctioned for removal. According to Dr. Klein, Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science, “visceral fat disappears twice as fast as subcutaneous when slimmed down through exercise and diet.”

It's a family thing

It’s a family thing

Little Gender Differential Bit

Women tend to be more prone to gaining fat than men. This is especially true during menopause. Menopause does not CAUSE women to gain weight. During menopause, the body responds to the drop in estrogen with a shift of fat storage from the hips to the waist. It is more concerning fat distribution than initial fat gain.

Risk Factors

Just to list a few:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Metabolic Changes
  • Dyslipidemia (High Cholesterol)
  • Heart Diseases
  • Insulin Resistance
What are some simple ways of prevention?

Exercising daily and staying active is a strong leader and supporter in leading a healthier lifestyle. Another very important thing is proper nutrition. Giving your body what it needs in nutrition to run at its best is key to good health. Change the way you eat for the better. Muscle increase helps get rid of fat. So, go build your strength up. Even though this is true it doesn’t mean that when you start putting on muscle you are automatically going to be burning noticeably more calories throughout your days. The increase is true, but it is not as big as word of mouth has spread. It is still a fantastic helper in the long run game ESPECIALLY.  I still would recommend on it. Just thought y’all would appreciate the extra intel to get a slightly fuller picture of what has been figured out so far. As of yet 😉

It is always important to discuss your health with your medical doctor.

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