Master Your Squat: From Beginner to Advanced

Dive into our Ultimate Squat Progression guide and discover top squatting tips, including overcoming bottom-of-the-squat struggles.

In this newsletter, you’ll find the Ultimate Squat Progression for mastering the back squat.

We also asked for reader feedback. That’s why, this week, we’re including tips for conquering the back squat at the bottom, middle, or top of the lift. 

Finally, read on for trending news, such as Austin Perkin’s World Record Squat of 701 pounds!

Ultimate Squat Progression Guide: With Pictures

Mastering the squat can increase your strength in the gym and lead to success in not just powerlifting but many other sports. But how do you progress from a beginner to an advanced squatter?

We have compiled a list of the best 10 squat progression exercises. In this article, we break down each movement, providing pictures, descriptions, and guides on how to perform each. 

Coach Woodruff uses several movement patterns with his athletes to go from a beginner level to an advanced level on their squats.

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Tips for a Stronger Squat

Are you struggling to improve your squat currently? If so, lets talk about some common issues on the squat and how to address them:

  1. If you struggle at the bottom of your squat: If you find yourself struggling off the bottom of your squat, incorporating pause squats into your routine could be a game-changer. Pause squats involve holding the bottom position of the squat for a designated period, usually a few seconds, before driving back up. 

    This exaggerated pause increases the amount of tension built at the bottom of the squat, helping you develop strength in that crucial position.

  2. If you struggle with back pain on the squat: If you're experiencing back pain during squats, switching from high to low bar squats may alleviate some of the discomfort. 

    This shift in bar placement redistributes the load and alters the biomechanics of the lift, potentially reducing the amount of low-back recruitment required to maintain proper posture. By pushing the weight further down your back, low bar squats can help mitigate stress on the lumbar spine, making the movement more comfortable for individuals dealing with back issues. 

    Pro Tip: If you still have back pain during squats, you might want to increase your core strength. Core strength is more than just abdominal strength, it’s lower back strength too. Try movements like planks and good mornings to train your core for a heavier squat. 

  3. If you struggle to lockout a heavy squat: If locking out heavy weights is your main challenge in the squat, incorporating heavy dead squats, also known as pin squats, into your training regimen can be highly beneficial. Dead squats involve setting the safety pins in a power rack at a height that you typically struggle to lock out during a squat. 

    You then load the barbell onto the pins and squat from this starting position, focusing solely on the concentric portion of the lift. By targeting this specific range of motion where you struggle the most, dead squats help strengthen your lockout and build explosive power. 

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