The barbell Zercher squat is an incredibly effective lower body exercise. However it also has its share of downfalls. Here's how to use kettlebells and landmine stations to improve the effectiveness of this classic strength exercise.
Although I use a variety of squats and lower body drills with my clients particularly eccentric isometrics, there’s one squat variation I tend to use with just about every client due to its simplicity and effectiveness - namely, the front curled squat.
The belt squat is an amazing exercise that crushes the legs and you can make it even better by combining it with front rack kettlebell squats and goblet squats. Here are multiple variations you can use to induce functional mass in the legs.
Looking for a quick solution for fixing improper foot and ankle mechanics? Look no further than the “bridge the gap” method. Here’s how to apply it to your favorite single leg movements as well as squats, deadlifts, lunges, and hinges for optimal lower body function.
Combining the trap bar with accommodating resistance in the form of band assistance, band resistance, and chains produces some incredibly potent movements particularly when it comes to deadlifts, squats, hinges, lunges, and more.
The squatting lat pulldown is not only one of the most effective upper back and lat exercises for building functional strength and size but it also does wonders for cleaning up pullup and lat pulldown technique. Here’s how to perform them.
PurMotion offers some of the most unique and versatile pieces of strength training equipment in the industry. In fact, many of the exercises can’t be replicated with any other training tools. Here’s a review of some of my favorite PurMotion products.
The ball-to-the-wall overhead press is one of the most effective and safe shoulder pressing exercises there is. In many ways it’s even safer than the landmine press for overhead athletes. Here’s why it’s so effective and how to progress it.
Eccentric accentuated training can be a bit tricky when applying it to lower body strength training. Here’s how to apply the bilateral assisted negative accentuated (BANA) 2:1 method to squats, split squats, and lunges for strong and massive legs.
Want to know why extended eccentric isometrics using 90-degree squat mechanics are so effective for dialing in your squat form? Read this article but be prepared to change your mindset and thought process on what proper squat form entails.
If you're looking for a unique training protocol that not only improves muscle activation and body mechanics but can also be applied to every movement pattern there is, you'll want to give the offset angle training method a try.
Kettlebells are one of the best tools for performing a variety of movements including deadlifts, squats, rows, lunges, and more. Unfortunately the ability to overload the muscles adequately can compromise their effectiveness. Here's how to resolve that.
The Smith machine gets a bad rap in the fitness industry. In fact, I rarely use it with my athletes. The one exception to this rule is the bilateral assisted negative accentuated training protocol (BANA) as it's one of the most effective methods there is.
Want to fix your squat technique? Try incorporating reactive neuromuscular training (RNT) into your goblet squats. This is one of most simple yet effective methods for grooving proper squat technique and lower body mechanics into your CNS.
Zercher squats often feel natural and comfortable on the body particularly with lighter loads. However, once you start moving heavier weights they can be quite uncomfortable. Here's how to aleviate this problem while also crushing your legs.
If you want to improve your squat mechanics and lower body muscle function almost immediately, you'll want to give this longitudinal goblet squat a try immediately. As an added bonus they're brutally difficult and crush the entire body.
If you're looking for a method that literally forces you to master your squat mechanics and perfect your form, look no further than this no-hands barbell squat protocol. It can also be used on lunges and good mornings to dial in lower body mechanics.
The landmine front squat is a great lower body exercise. Unfortunately there are several common issues lifters frequently face when performing them. Here are several unique variations to work around that and make the landmine squat even better.
If you're looking for a unique and relatively simple method for crushing your legs and upper back, you'll want to try out the longitudinal hanging barbell protocol. It's also a very natural and safe method for hitting squats, deadlifts, and rows.