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Squat Style for Athletes?

[quote]Xen Nova wrote:
Haha good point gym

Single leg Bulgarian squats.

They up your vertical a shitload too

When You can do 315# for 5-8… you’re the man[/quote]

5-8 reps @ 315lb. would put a person’s 1 RM somewhere between 360 - 400 lb.
For a Bulgarian split squat? That’s very impressive indeed.

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Like everyone else said it depends on what your goals are. A squat is a great exercise because it uses the biggest muscles in the body through a huge range of motion. However, there are very few sports in which you are generating power/strength or speed in the form of a run/jump or push in any position even closely resembling or using muscle recruitment of any kind of squat (except a catcher in his stance possibly). What does resemble jumps and runs etc… getting weight on a posterior chain in medium to narrow stance…deadlifts…not to say squats dont work, just saying…

[quote]Shadowzz4 wrote:
Like everyone else said it depends on what your goals are. A squat is a great exercise because it uses the biggest muscles in the body through a huge range of motion. However, there are very few sports in which you are generating power/strength or speed in the form of a run/jump or push in any position even closely resembling or using muscle recruitment of any kind of squat (except a catcher in his stance possibly). What does resemble jumps and runs etc… getting weight on a posterior chain in medium to narrow stance…deadlifts…not to say squats dont work, just saying…[/quote]

I don’t see why an athlete needs to mimic a body position he will be in on the field for the lift to be productive. Squats build strong legs, athletes need strong legs. The weightroom is where they get stronger and not do a weighted version of a skill they practice over and over again on the field. If someone wanted to be sports specific why wouldn’t they also wear a helmet cleats and pads when they are lifting? That’s about as close to the sport as it gets.

[quote]scottiscool wrote:

I don’t see why an athlete needs to mimic a body position he will be in on the field for the lift to be productive. Squats build strong legs, athletes need strong legs. The weightroom is where they get stronger and not do a weighted version of a skill they practice over and over again on the field. If someone wanted to be sports specific why wouldn’t they also wear a helmet cleats and pads when they are lifting? That’s about as close to the sport as it gets.[/quote]

well spoken