I had a new article published on T-Nation yesterday sharing tips to make squats more user-friendly.
As great of an exercise as squats may be, they’re not very user-friendly.
For an exercise to be considered user-friendly in my book, it has to meet three criteria:
1. You have to be able to do it well.
Most people suck at squatting. If you’re looking for evidence to back up this claim, just walk into just about any gym around and watch people squat. It’s ugly.
2. Your joints have to be able to tolerate it.
If you have any knee or lower back issues, chances are heavy squats exacerbate them.
3. It has to give you to training effect you’re looking for.
Powerlifters aside, most people squat for quad development. However, the manner in which they execute the squats doesn’t do a very good of working the quads and turns it more into a posterior chain exercise.
With that in mind, here are some ways to make squats more user-friendly.
Read the article HERE.