The Fallacy of High Rep Olympic Weightlifting.
Low Bar Back Squat
- More horizontal back
- Less knee bend, less quad activation
- More hip angle, more hamstring and glute
High Bar Back Squat
- More vertical back
- More knee bend(More Quad Activation)
- Less hip bend(Less Hamstring and Glute
|Darvis Patton, U.S. Olympic sprinter|
Squats are a basic primal human movements. Squats won't hurt your knees, but how you do them can.
|A Beautiful Air Squat|
|Goblet Squat with dumbell. Knees|
could be farther out here.
|Kettlebell Goblet Squat|
Good knees out position.
Note: My above partial definition is only a starting component of what I mean by functional fitness and will grow and evolve as I develop my thoughts in this blog.The idea of open chain v. closed chain exercise is possibly most easily recognized in the Squat versus the Leg Press. In the squat the feet remain fixed against the ground and the weight moves through a combination of leverage from the hips and knees, as a whole body movement. Conversely in the leg press your butt is seated and your feet move through the air against a platform, the activity occurs from the hips down guided by the machine rails with no full-body stabilization component.