In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:
Hey crew, long time listener, third time caller, Chris calling in got a question for you today about range of motion. You guys talked a lot about doing exercises through your own individual full range of motion. My question: is it worth while trying to increase in that range of motion. So for example, if you can do a back squat to just below parallel with proficiency good form and you’re strong through that range of motion. Is it worthwhile trying to increase that range of motion to say in ass to grass squat with good control form and gain strength through that range of motion. If you guys could elaborate on that, that’d be pretty cool. Thanks a lot and buy.
Movement Standard: Maintain Posture & Position
Standards. We all have them; whether you’re determining clean clothes from dirty, a productive workday from a wasteful one, or scoping out a potential stud/studette. In most cases, they are a measurable, quantifiable way to observe an expectation being met or any deviation from that expectation. It seems that although our standards may all differ in the aforementioned instances, they are universally understood. When we take a look at our world of strength and conditioning, we find innumerable examples of how standards are being used properly, improperly, and not at all. So, when do standards matter and what is their pertinence to lifting, training, testing, fitnessing, and sport? It’s good to have standards- but standards are useless if you don’t know what purpose they serve.
Read Now: Attacking Limiting Factors – Squat Initiation by Tex McQuilkin
John and Tex take on a caller’s question regarding squatting depth and limited range of motion. Naturally the conversation drifted into #toesforward squatting and Power Athlete’s movement standard: maintaining posture and position. Key takeaway is identifying what an athlete is training for and not extending or taking liberties to implement a standard of movement where it’s inappropriate for an athlete’s goal. The last thing we want is for coaches to become so fixated by standard that they are willing to compromise or abandon solid posture and body position to perform the given movement for imaginary whiteboard points.
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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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