Discomfort when back squatting? Don’t want to load a heavy barbell on your back? We don’t blame you. Unless your sport is powerlifting, CrossFit or any other sport that requires back squatting as its test, it is not an absolute necessity to squat with a bar on your back. No doubt the back squat is a fantastic exercise for some in terms of strength, size and power (we definitely program it for some of our clients), it may not be the most intelligent variation for others (particularly those with low back pain). Here’s Junior showing our belt squat variation (unfortunately we don’t have room in the garage for a belt squat rig so this will do for now). He’s doing some high volume sets with his bodyweight attached.
This exercise can be a great variation to derive some of the benefits of back squatting 🍑 without the compressive force on the spine. In fact, the way this lift is loaded, it creates a traction force on the low back that will help decompress the spine - that’s good✔️ We believe every single person should have some form of squat as part of their weekly routine (at the very least) unless a serious condition prevents the ability to do so. So keep your squat volume up and don’t fear squats if you’re unable to back squat - there are plenty of variations to try! Also be sure to train your triceps as hard as @dadds_mate #one22