[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
CT - could you talk more about your leg training. You mentioned in the past that doing explosive jumps preserved mass/definition in your legs despite no squatting. I’ve basically focused on snatch grip high pull, bench press, and gymnastics work last 6 months and don’t care much for squatting any more. My goal is to just have very defined quadriceps (cut, not turnip/bulky) - can various sprint, jump, HIIT, olympic lift complexes create this? Or must we do A2G front squats/backsquats? Thanks…[/quote]
Well consider this:
- I stopped squatting (and most quads-dominant leg work) mostly because of knee pain. Turns out that as soon as I started squatting regularly it went away!
Include front/back squats in your complexes. I will post a video or one of my hockey player doing an olympic lifting complex designed to improve leg strength.
Squat daily (yes that might sound contradictory)… 2 sets of 5 starting with 70% of your max and adding 5lbs weekly at the beginning of every workout and 1 set of 10 with 50% adding 5lbs weekly at the end of the workout. It quickly done, will not build tons of size but will gradually get your legs stronger and strong enough to perform well on the olympic lifts and pulls.[/quote]
Isnt that amazing how the squatting frequency makes the pain go away? it’s like you gotta get the oil moving around to stay lubed.
- video would be awesome
3.as i got older, i found the legs were the first to lose strength, far and fast. my sedentary career doesn’t help. Whenever i started training again after my busy season was over, i always had to squat every day, little by little, just to be able to squat.
Also, i must say that the “deadlift friend or foe” worked very well for squats. It brought up my 1RM by 40pounds,and,More Importantly, I can now squat flatfooted all the way down at any given time. i haven’t been able to do that in years. Even my straight bar double overhand grip Deadlift without straps went up by 20lbs. situps- i went from not being able to do 4 to doing 40 every day… All from CT’s coaching.
I have always believed frequency was essential to overall health, mobility, etc… Over the years, i heard so much contrary to that. Then, i met CT. Frequency is “KING”.(with appropriate loading applications, is Totally Awesome)
next up is the overhead squat.