I know everyone always says that Squats are one of the best exercises, and that every training plan should include them, but im starting to think differently.
Please hear me out and read what i have to say, and then if you have comments feel free to share them.
I agree that squats are a great exercise, and that every athlete should be able to squat a fair amount, but im just not convinced that squatting huge loads is as necessary as people say. Depending on the sport, i think squating near your body weight for reps is plenty.
Taking a pure functionalist approach, I dont understand why athletes think they need to be able to squat so much. When was the last time outside of the gym that you had to stand up with 300lbs draped across your shoulders? Unless your a pro wrestler, im guessing never. This view may be flawed, but it does kinda make sense that you dont need to prepare yourself physically for a situation that will probably never happen.
Squatting with heavy loads does have the benefit of potentially increasing spinal bone density, but this can be done with a far lesser weight over a period of time.
So the main reason im thinking of ditching heavy squats is that I feel the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits, and there are many other alternatives that I feel may get similar if not better results.
So heres what im thinking of using instead:
I love these, they put a huge load on your legs and no load on your spine. On top of that, they work balance and flexibility.
Pretty much the same as 1-leg squats if you minimize touching the ground, but with less flexibility demand, so you can use more weight.
Im definately a deadlifter. These will help me with lower back strength, as well posterior leg strength.
My favorite lower body exercise. Although i dont think they help much with max lower body strength, they are great for explosiveness/power, and also for conditioning.
Theres much debate with these, and i honestly haven't used them much, but am thinking of using them, just so i can get some wide stance squat type stuff.
I havent tried these yet, but they seem like a great exercise, and may be very functional.
I know a lot of people say you should be able to squat twice your Bw before doing these, but that really doens't make much sense to me. Theres no spinal load here, you just need stable joints and flexibility as well as leg strength. If you can do 1-leg squats, you should be able to work with jump squats.
Thats about it, but i would like to include sled dragging, and tire flipping, but I dont have access to this equipement.
What do you guys think, is this a horrible idea, or are these viable alternatives?