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    Squat Rx Videos

    Squat Rx #1: Lower Back Rounding at the Bottom of the Squat
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8CWv8UPAI

    Squat Rx #2: GMing Out of the Hole
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=wY4gwVlO_k0

    Squat Rx #3: Engaging the Glutes and Hamstrings (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsoyHoQU4O4

    Squat Rx #3: Engaging the Glutes and Hamstrings (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znPFEAtk8QE

    Squat Rx #4: Bar Positioning and Squat Depth
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eZ1HzoH0Rw

    Squat Rx #5: Hip & Hamstring Mobility and Flexibility
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKnpmQNhc3w

    Squat Rx #6: A Dozen Selected Exercises for Squatters (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIECuX8o88c

    Squat Rx #6: A Dozen Selected Exercises for Squatters (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4NwygdsF_c

    Squat Rx #7: Bands and Chains
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=vAHvURlC3OA

    Squat Rx #8: Shoes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKGLVDtq0S8

    Squat Rx #9: JV Squats & Overhead Squats
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60RPh2ueEds

    Squat Rx #10: Set-Up & Breathing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXgEXiTCjqo

    Squat Rx #11: Belts, Wraps, and Suits (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGrkfFr028

    Squat Rx #11: Belts, Wraps, and Suits (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRi0bPuPN-o

    Squat Rx #12: 5 Common Squatting Issues (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ2AB8mDsD4

    Squat Rx #12: 5 Common Squatting Issues (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=steEXp9M4hQ

    Squat Rx #13: Box, Pause, and OI Squats
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDFR3bXhl4Q

    Squat Rx #14: 7 "Core" Exercises
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnlO1pNHdVY

    Squat Rx #15: The Front Squat
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NRmdtSvmQQ

    Squat Rx #16: The Hack Squat
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLgPJVwemtU

    Squat Rx Interlude: Kettlebells in September
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dt3k7ze8w4

    Squat Rx #17: Westside Basics (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxnx5xozKCM

    Squat Rx#17: Westside Basics (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F17X0ZeuT3o

    Squat Rx #18: Concentric and Zercher Squats
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwUSyDyF2XQ

    Squat Rx #19: Dave Draper's "Top Squat"
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=L5wTfRA5SrQ

    Squat Rx #20: Thoughts on the Power Clean
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I8bXE9k5BU
    Last edited by Sensei; 02-22-2008 at 07:35 AM.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    Ah, excellent stuff. Thank you Sensei!

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    sticky this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWilder View Post
    sticky this!
    Yup. This is as sticky as a sticky can be.

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    It's been added to the Bodybuilding and Weightlifting FAQ.
    Last edited by WillKuenzel; 07-25-2007 at 09:20 AM.
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    Thanks.

    I'll have two more and then I'll be taking a break for a while. The next two are about JV squats & OHSQs, and breathing & set up. I feel like there are still gems in the last two (#9 & #10), but I always feel like I'm leaving out waaaaay too much. Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys them and thanks for checking them out.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    This is worthy of a sticky without a doubt. Great Job Sensei.

    Any chance you'll be doing a 10 part series on the tricep kickback anytime soon?
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    Great job Sensei...
    I personally think you should take them off YouTube... and sell them!!!
    I'll be your agent... for 10%!!
    lol
    I'm not kidding...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearwolf View Post
    Great job Sensei...
    I personally think you should take them off YouTube... and sell them!!!
    I'll be your agent... for 10%!!
    lol
    I'm not kidding...
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    You're the man Sensei!!!
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    Can you do the same thing for deads, please? This is fantastic!

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    Thanks everybody!

    Bear,
    Except for the packaging, there is very little that I've presented that is new and original. Just about everything is something I learned from someone along the way. Someday I'd like to have something that I'd actually charge people for, but, most likely, it would be S&C/swimming related.

    Questor,
    If I can get some friends (who are more competent DLers) to help, I'll think about it.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    Here are the last two videos I'll be making for a while. I have other themes in mind for future installments, but if you have thoughts, I'd like to hear them.

    Squat Rx #9: JV Squats & Overhead Squats
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60RPh2ueEds

    Squat Rx #10: Set-Up & Breathing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXgEXiTCjqo
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    Thanks, Sensei. I saw what I was looking for.

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    Great job Sensei! For all your hard work and time you've put into this!
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    Thank you guys.

    I just wanted to respond to a notion that I've been reading a lot lately when I find links to the Squat Rx videos. I'm not above constructive criticism at all, but there is a population that read a sentence from the latest t-mag article and take it as gospel...

    Rotation is bad
    IMHO, in life you twist. There is risk involved, of course, but the spine is designed to rotate. If you are maintaining a neutral spine, and don't have existing lower back issues, then twisting within reason and under control should not be injurious.

    You could look at mobility as a quality separate and distinct from stability, but I don't. You can call it mobility, range of motion, flexibility, or anything else with "functional" tagged onto it, but it should go without saying that the goal is ALWAYS injury prevention (i.e. "prehab") and to improve strength in given positions.

    So, long story short, if you do windshield wipers flopping around like a fish out of water and allow the hips to displace because you've overdone it, it's your fault.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    You guys afraid to squat? Bump.
    Forever Goal: Strength

    Weightlifting sucks. I just like to lift heavy things.

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    Thanks for the bump Chris.

    Squat Rx #11: Belts, Wraps, and Suits (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGrkfFr028

    Squat Rx #11: Belts, Wraps, and Suits (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRi0bPuPN-o
    Last edited by Sensei; 07-31-2007 at 10:55 AM.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    I'd just like to thank you for posting these. For the two months I was unable to squat, I watched your videos and relearned proper squat form. I forgot how enjoyable it was to squat correctly when fully healthy. Thanks alot!
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    Glad they're of use ray34iyf!

    Squat Rx #12: 5 Common Squatting Issues (Part I)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ2AB8mDsD4

    In part I, I talk about the heels raising off the floor, hips shifting laterally, and the knees bowing in and out while squatting. Also features the song, "I Like to Squat It!".
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    Squat Rx #12: 5 Common Squatting Issues (Part II)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=steEXp9M4hQ

    Part two talks about upper back and shoulder pain when squatting.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    I'm thinking that Squat Rx #13 will be either about a few squat variations (like box squats, etc.) or a Q&A session about various topics related to squatting that people throw out.

    If you have a preference or question let me know.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    I currently have six youtube tabs open. I wish my internet wasn't so damn slow.
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    Very nice, looks like I have some homework to do.

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    Thanks Biohazzard.

    Time to eat some crow:
    I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICLY SAY THAT I WAS WRONG IN MY STATEMENTS ABOUT TWISTING MOVEMENTS. I still believe that in life, you twist and that exercises like 'windshield wipers' can be stability builders. I still believe that mobility is not something to be trained at the expense of stability and that to view them as separate and distinct from each other and from strength and flexibility is a foolish, foolish thing. BUT, I AM NOT AN M.D. AND IF SOMEONE LIKE SAHRMANN, MIKE BOYLE, et. al. SAY THAT AN EXERCISE OR MOVEMENT IS TO BE AVOIDED, THEN THEY SHOULD BE LISTENED TO WITH THE UTMOST ATTENTION. My next book purchase will be this (if anyone is interested): http://www.amazon.com/Diagnosis-Trea.../dp/0801672058
    Last edited by Sensei; 08-12-2007 at 01:48 AM.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    Squat Rx #13: Box Squats, Pause Squats, and Oscillatory-Isometric Squats
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    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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