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January 2009

January 2009


Developmental Aspects of Implementing the Front and Back Squat in a Training Program

© January 2009

The College Perspective:

By Joe Kenn MA, CSCS, SCCC
Director of Athlete Development – Football
University of Louisville

Utilizing a squat movement is highly recommended for any athletic-based program. The combination of hip and knee extension that this movement develops is a key component in an athlete’s overall physical development. At one time, the traditional barbell back squat was the primary squat utilized in our program. Now, we use a variety of squatting movements. We want our guys to squat! Whether it is a barbell squat, a front squat, a safety bar squat, a zercher squat, a cambered bar squat, a belt squat, various squats to a box, a single leg squat, a pistol squat, or an in-place split squat – our athletes will be squatting.

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