Cool It With Squats

November 1, 2008 | Featured in the November/December 2008 Issue

Here’s a novel idea: Squats for a cooldown.

Yes, you read that correctly. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to load the bar with stacks of plates and surround yourself with spotters in order to reap the benefits of the Squat.

For the Sumo Squat exercise, you don’t even need a barbell.

Take it from Randall Dorvin, lacrosse strength and conditioning coordinator for the Duke Blue Devils. “We’re still very warm [when we perform the Sumo Squat],” he says. “We’re cooling down and have done some basic stretching. If a guy’s got a tight back, he’ll feel it loosen up. If he’s got a tight groin, he can tug on that a little bit.”

Remove the Squat from the power rack and mix the Sumo Squat exercise into your training regimen.

Sumo Squat
• Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders with toes pointed out
• Drop into bottom of squat position
• Keep heels flat and butt back
• Use upper torso to push knees out
• Rest in lower position

Reps/Sets: 2x10-15
Coaching Points:
Get in the bottom of the Squat and totally relax // Push your knees out and stretch the groin in the bottom position

Topics: SQUAT | LACROSSE
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
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