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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.

Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog

A recent thread on our StrengthCoach.com 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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