I don't usually write articles that are "rah-rah" or inspirational. While I definitely want to inspire you, that's typically not my bag to write the "rah-rah" type stuff. My thing is more about teaching ideas, concepts, or methods that you can walk away with and apply.
Well, this article is a little different.
With the release of my recent book The Edge of Strength I outlined my entire approach to training and optimizing human potential through decades of experiences. I've made mistakes, but I've also learned a lot and continue to learn every day.
It was the legendary George Hackenschmidt who simply stated that “a man cannot derive real enjoyment from life unless he possesses a powerful and healthy physical constitution." I believe this to be true and this is why I wrote my book.
Is there anything more debated than the squat?
Is there anything more fundamental in training than the squat?
The squat and it's variations are regarded as one of the most effective , if not the most effective exercise, to build total body strength and enhance functional and athletic performance. But, what type of squat is best?
When I started training years ago, the squat was always one of my favorite exercises. It still is.
How important is strength?
Strength definitely makes everything else better, but strength isn't the only thing we need.
First, it's important to remember that quality of movement precedes strength (Point 1 - Be Mobile, see below)
We need to move well, then move strong.