Do I Really Have To?

Nice Box Jumps!

Nice Box Jumps!

Squat? Yes you do…and here’s why.

  1. It makes you stronger – squatting forces the body’s parts to work and grow stronger together.
  2. It makes you faster – studies confirm that the stronger your squat, the faster you can run.
  3. It makes you jump higher – training the deep squat (full range of motion) position improves the vertical leap more than regular squatting.
  4. It improves bone density in ALL age groups – multiple studies have shown this to be true!
  5. It is even beneficial for endurance athletes – yes, even YOU runners. Reviews of resistance training in endurance runners and road cyclists confirm these results.

Do you have to squat deep? No, not right away. Start where you can, with the goal of getting into as deep a squat as possible. Everyone is different – focus on your range of motion, then add weight. Most importantly, keep a neutral spine. Squatting deep with good form can actually PROTECT your lower extremities from injury.

Get into a squat whenever you can – whether it be a simple body weight squat or with the bar. You will feel more human.

STRENGTH

Bench Press/Pull UP – not for time
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of both

WOD

9-6-3
Hang Power Cleans
Burpees
Box Jumps

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