How To Squat

You know you should be doing it - here's how.

Over to the incredible Alan Thrall.

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Change of Pace.Currently the unwilling victim of a respiratory infection, I've had plenty of time (between Bruce Lee DVDs and failed attempts to sleep) to reconsider my training strategies for this year. Up until a few months ago my feeder workouts were based around bodyweight exercises, and these workouts seem to have either changed into quick weight-based routines or been forgotten entirely. A recent comment from Kris - noting Louie Simmons' penchant for a modified Hindu squat - was enough to changed that. Whilst I'm not quite ready to take the Mike Mahler approach and ditch the weights altogether in favour of bodyweight exercises, using them as a basis of additional workouts seems reasonable; extra GPP is always a good thing. For now, it's a combination of Bruce Lee and attempted sleep. Modified Hindu squats to appear in the near future.
5 x 5 x 5 Squat.

Five slow squats, five speed squats and five jump squats.

Specific Method Variations for the Early Phase of a Macrocycle.

Here is an excerpt from my book: The Flexible Periodization Method; covering specific methods to use in the early phases of a macro cycle. Note how the optimal use of combination exercises can give a unique combination of medium-high loads and long duration sets.

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