Squat Articles

Squats may be a physically demanding exercise, but the performance benefits gained by incorporating this lift into your workout is worth the effort. Whether you're working to build pure power, strength, balance or flexibility, there is a Squat variation that will help you achieve your training goal. STACK has everything to help you master the Squat, including how-to instruction for performing the exercise, directions for completing multiple variations of the Squat, and video featuring elite athletes performing the Squat.

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Why Distance Runners Should Lift Heavy

Traditionally, weight lifting is not a high priority for long-distance runners. If they even step foot in the weight room, those workouts typically...

Why Every Athlete Can Benefit From the Jefferson Squat

One of my favorite exercises for all athletes is the Jefferson Squat. This is an old-school movement—no really, like "from the 1800s" old—that ...

How to Make an Exercise Harder Without Adding More Weight

How do you increase the difficulty of an exercise? The first answer that pops into most peoples' heads is simple—add more weight. The larger t...

Deadlifts, Dead Bugs, and Superfields: Inside the Training of a Women's Soccer Pro

The North Carolina Courage are one of the best women's soccer teams in the world. Not only are the reigning NWSL champions, but they've led the lea...

4 Unconventional Exercises for Insane Functional Strength

Trainers, coaches and conditioning specialists alike know the importance of sport-specific training. Sport-specific training is the philosophy of empl...

3 Special Strength Exercises for Better Jumping and Sprinting

When it comes to being a better athlete, we often want one (or both) of two key qualities: To run faster To jump higher Although raw power ...

'Weird' Hip Pain That Won't Go Away? Try These 4 Fixes

Are you dealing with a strange, unexplainable pain in or around your hips? Maybe you can't pinpoint exactly where it's coming from, describe quite ...

KPIs: What They Are and Why They Matter for Athletes

The term key performance indicators (KPI) may sound like fancy strength and conditioning jargon, but they're really quite simple. In this context, ...

It's Not 'Training Like a Man.' It's Training Like an Athlete

"Coach, I don't want to look like a man." I can't tell you how many times I've heard that phrase. It's one of the biggest misconceptions regarding ...

How Contrast Training Can Create More Explosive Soccer Players

Speed training for soccer players is more than flying through sprint drills. It is more than strapping on parachutes. It is more than ladder dri...

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