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Mastering the Squat (Free Video)

Written on September 16, 2010 at 7:00 am, by Eric Cressey

As promised in my last video, here is another free video tutorial that goes over the techniques for both free squatting and box squatting – as well as a substitute exercise you can use if you just don’t quite have the mobility you’ll need to squat safely.  I think you’ll really like it and be able to put some of these tips into practice right away; check it out:

Mastering The Squat

We’ll be back soon with a final video that’ll give you the low-down on just how comprehensive the Show and Go program really is.

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  • Jesse

    Eric,

    Thanks for posting your most recent videos focused on honing squat technique.

    I am wondering if you could expand upon a couple of points from them.

    First, you mention femoroacetabular impingement in passing. I am wondering if you can discuss some of the ways this condition would manifest itself in training–particularly in someone who is trying to learn how to squat. Is hip pain a common side effect for someone to encounter when pushing their range of motion in the squat? Or does it necessarily mean that the squat isn’t right for that lifter?

    Squats are a tough lift for me and I’ve been working on mobility and form for a couple of years now. If I push my volume on back squats, I will notice it in my hips later. How do I discern whether I’m just looking at inflammation from pushing out of my comfort zone or a more serious physiological condition.

    Also, I note that Tony switches from wearing shoes to barefoot when going from front to box squats. Can you talk about when it’s appropriate to use a heel lift for squatting? Is it OK to front squat barefoot provided you have the ankle mobility for it…or do you always prefer to have a lift for front squatting.

    Thanks for sharing all of your expertise so freely.

  • David

    Eric,

    Got a question regarding your version of the box squat. I’ve read through your Maximum Strength program book and after watching this video, realized that your technique is a bit different than the ones espoused by Dave Tate and company. They have different levels of the box squat, but for loading purposes, their “normal” box squat is a bit higher than parallel. Their “low” box squat is at parallel. What do you think about their approach?

  • http://fredarn.com Fredrik Gyllensten

    Great videoes, looking forward to your new product, definitely going to buy it.. I have some other books to read before I get to eat – but I’m looking forward to digging in :-)


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