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Squat

The squat may be the single most important lift you can perform in the gym. When properly executed, the squat is not only an amazing tool for strength development, but it can promote fat loss or muscle gain (depending on your nutrition), and it can reinforce mobility in almost all the major joints of the […]

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Coaching Neutral Neck

Last week, we discussed why neutral spine is important – not only for keeping injuries at bay, but for improving your performance as well. Far too often, people assume that neutral spine means ONLY the thoracic and lumbar spine, and totally forget about the cervical spine, or neck region.

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Coaching Neutral Spine

One of the most powerful tools we have in our toolbox can be purchased at your local hardware store for less than a couple of bucks. A simple piece of PVC pipe can help you coach and cue neutral spine with your clients and athletes, consistently getting them in the appropriate position. Neutral spine is […]

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Simple Squat Fixes

As many of you already know, my good friend and fellow strength coach is getting ready to release his new product, Show and Go next week. I know that Eric has spent the better part of two years pulling this thing together.  Writing the program, developing the video content, it all takes a ton of […]

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The Corrective Strawman

It’s easy for someone with little to no experience working with real people to say that “corrective” exercise doesn’t work. It’s also easy to do this if you’ve never seen it in action, or if you’ve seen it executed by the wrong practitioner. Naysayers will tell you that corrective exercise is nothing more than some […]

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April 9th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.08 In This Issue: – Mike hatez teh squatz!!!! Mike hatez teh squatz!!! Yes, the title is somewhat in jest, but I hope you will enjoy the quick turn-around on the newsletters! Yesterday, an article ran on T-Nation titled Mythbusters.  Essentially, this was a 15 minute conversation I had with Nate […]

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A simple squatting tip

The other day, I was watching our intern, Nick, squat.  He was getting rounded over in the bottom a bit, and couldn’t figure out why as he hasn’t been coached all that much. In all honesty, it’s a very common issue, and one that I used to have happen to myself all the time.  There […]

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Squatting 101

“The squat is the king of all exercises.” If you’ve trained long enough, chances are you’ve heard that before. And for good reason; the squat may be the single best lift you can perform in the weight room. Unfortunately, many people have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to squatting. Not to mention […]

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Simple tips to squat deeper

One question I get all the time is, “My back tucks under when I squat – is this ok?  And how can I fix it?” To answer the first question, no, it’s not ok.  This tucking, buttwinking, or whatever you want to call it puts the spine under repetitive flexion.  Do it long enough and […]

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Olympic vs. Powerlifting Squats

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com There’s a rivalry in the iron world between the Olympic lifters and the powerlifters as to who’s stronger. This argument has invariably led to the two camps debating which one squats more and who has the better style of squatting. The reality is this is like the old cliché of comparing […]

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Modified 5×5 Squat Program

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com The Perfect Program? I’m going to get my ass kicked for writing this article. Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, Eric Cressey… I can just see the hate mail pouring in. Not just that, but Louie Simmons only lives three hours from me. He might just drive over to Indianapolis and kick my […]

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6 Tricks For a Sexy Squat

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Confessions of an Ugly Squatter This article is dedicated to those of you that either aren’t squatting, or squatting with weights well below what you should be using because you have bad levers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people bitch and moan about having a short back, […]

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10 Tips for Flawless Squattin’

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com You’ve heard it a thousand times. To get big and strong, ya’ gotta’ squat. But how many of you are doing it right? The squat isn’t as complex as a clean and jerk, but whether you’re a competitive powerlifter or just the basic trainee trying to put some size on your […]

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Five Habits of Defective Squatters

It pains me to see ugly squats. Seriously. Physical pain, nausea, and nervous ticks all occur when I see the average gym goer hit the iron and try to squat. The only thing I can imagine being worse are the clowns who still hang out in the Smith machine so they can “hit their glutes […]

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