Anyone who is serious about training likes to squat.
Well, let’s be honest – it’s probably more of a love-hate relationship.
Maybe a better way to put it is that everyone who is serious about training respects the squat.
But this leads us to a big question:
How do you teach someone to squat safely, effectively, and in minimal time?
For me, the answer is the plate squat. Here’s why…
After reviewing the video, here are a few big takeaways:
- I prefer the plate squat over the Goblet squat because the elbows don’t get in the way (and push the knees out excessively).
- The reach shifts your center of gravity BACK.
- Shifting the center of gravity back allows you to feel the whole foot.
So with all that being said, here are a few big takeaway points:
- Set-up with the feet hip/shoulder width apart, toes turned out slightly, and knees soft.
- Hold a plate and reach long through the upper back.
- Feel the whole foot and squat as low as you can without losing your lower back position.
- One of my favorite cues here to keep the foot connection is “Imagine the floor coming up to you.”
- Feel that whole foot and PUSH to return to the starting position.
The plate squat is my go-to squatting progression, and one I think you can use with great success as well.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
All the best,