Weekly Links 29th April 2007 | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

Weekly Links 29th April 2007

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I post today with a heavy heart after my club side was roundly beaten yesterday. Not the best start to the league season.

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Your title that real cricketers front squat is mis- -leading. Perhaps you are repeating after Mike Boyle whose 'market position' is that he does not use the back squat.

The back squat when coached correctly is a far safer exercise then the front squat which is a quad dominant exercise.

Keeping the bar over the mid foot is the key in either squat and this is more difficult with the front squat. For sporting performance on the field its the hips that generate the power and the back squat is the best way to train that.

Go to strengthmill.net if you are serious about these topics.

Interesting that such a position neutral statement should be called 'misleading' by you Crowley.

My position is this - ANY squatting is better than no squatting. Most cricketers do not squat at all.

There is no magic to the back, front, overhead, Med ball, dumbbell, bodyweight or any other form of squat. They all have their place within the right context.

Are you somehow anti the front squat in all circumstances Crowley?

Let's not play with words. Your headline said 'real cricketers front squat'. There is no magic, only real science to the fact that the front squat can be used only as an assistance exercise for people who already back squat. The front squat is a quad dominant exercise and will not be as effective as the proper back squat. The back squat is what novices at strength training should start with not the front squat.

So you are saying that there are cases where the front squat can be used? In your words as an assistance exercise.

I agree.

For me crowley,. it's all about context: Where you have been and where you are going. The front squat is an excellent exercise.

So is the back squat.

In fact, thinking about it, I can't imagine what we are disagreeing about.

Good Question. As far as how I coach the movement, I aaulclty want the athlete to anteriorly tilt their pelvis. It's aaulclty the posterior tilt, or a more neutral position, that may allow the lumbar portion of the spine to go into a position of flexion. Which, is not what I want. That's similar to the athlete being in a leg press and allowing their pelvis to flex and role out of the seat near the bottom of the movement.With young athletes, poor flexibility and poor control over their pelvis has been the major reason why I've seen them squat poorly. I've never seen a great squatter that isn't good at controlling their pelvis. Some powerlifters who use am extremely wide stance may have a limited tilt. I'd have to look into that one. I'm just going off of a poor memory. I hope that helps a bit, let me know