I’ve been reading a few threads online…and laughing to myself…but also thinking about how big a gap their is between what I take for granted and what people out there on the interweb actually know.
Let me tell you something for free…squatting…and while we’re at it…deadlifting are massively overrated when it comes to sports performance.
I won’t go into detail here…because god knows I really need my beauty sleep…but squatting and deadlifting are far more important for intermediate athletes than beginners or advanced athletes.
Most beginners whether they be athletes or general trainees are not ‘ready’ to squat or deadlift when they first walk into the gym and there is a lot of work that can be done to ensure when they are ready they can perform these exercises properly and safely.
Most advanced athletes can similarly maintain their squat and deadlift number utilising squat and deadlift variations as well as supplementary exercises that massively decrease the risk of injury.
The reason that I think these exercises…particularly squatting is overrated is because I don’t see the correlation between squat numbers and on field performance…sure I have great squatters who perform excellently in their chosen sports but equally have poor squatters…in number terms…who perform excellently in their chosen sport despite these numbers.
What I see FAR more often is athletes that have ‘balanced’ numbers in the gym who stay injury free and perform consistently at a high level in their chosen sport.