No More Squatting Part 4

The Death of Squats clip is probably approaching 100,000 views. When I made those statements in  Functional Strength Coach Vol 3.0 I never intended to start a fire storm of controversy. Of course I knew I would get the standard meathead hate mail ( which I have) but to be honest the positive emails have far outnumbered the negatives. The best part about the negative emails that I received was the general level of ignorance of the writers. The people who wrote negative emails did not listen to the clip or read my t-nation article ( Build Bigger Legs One at a Time). The least you could do if you are going to _ _ it on me is to take the time to study the material. It is amazing how people dislike change. One of my members and readers Vince Brunelle sent me a great quote. “You don’t have to believe, just suspend your disbelief”.

I’m more motivated than ever when I get quotes from great strength coaches thanking me for pushing the envelope and encouraging thought and debate. I truly believe that is going to change the world of strength and conditioning. The growth has been off the charts and, I want to thank all those who write and read.


7 Responses to “No More Squatting Part 4”

  1. Being a coach and a psychologist I have to confirm your comments about people hating change. Or should I say,,,, “fearing” change. After all, hate is just a consequence of fear and ignorance. I believe that time will show single leg/lower body balance work is where it is at. Once you try it and see the results,,,, you will NOT go back.

  2. I have done so many squats in a lifetime. Whether it be back squat, front squat, hang squat, with different mediums. It wasn’t till within few years now that i introduced single leg into my professional fitness training. Due to clients need for balance and functional strength. I started with basic balance…then tried to lower them on one leg…even if a few inches and called it a squat because to them it was…and found they could go lower over time.
    Since hearing Mike’s relevance to omitting squats (back). I became a advocate myself and have ordered weighted vests and I’m personally going to start loading myself with the single leg approach. I love it “how would you like to get the same value for 50% off?”

    Great Info Mike! I have your 3.0 and watched in a weekend…and I’m watching FSC v2. and have been overloading the info…ha ha

  3. It is refreshing to hear/read that there are numerous approaches to achieving athletic performance goals. Many strength coaches have not used the squat for quite some time now and no one could tell a “squat” from a “leg press” trained athlete. Well probably until they asked why an athlete wasn’t playing and got the response, “They were hurt in the weight room doing squats.” HMM! Not all athletes can squat, yet the muscles trained by that exercise still need to be improved if having healthy athletes is a goal in a S&C program. Thanks for pushing the envelope Coach Boyle. I look forward to reading/hearing more on numerous non-traditional topics of training that still go unspoken because of “mainstream” training. I hope keeps pushing this industry forward.

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Lots of great reply’s. Thanks Jack and Vince and Mark. Great video.

  5. Coach Boyle,

    If I am not mistaken, you still have athletes perform trap bar deadlifts in addition to single-leg work. So if I am indeed not mistaken, then it seems like even less reason for people to question what you’re doing.

    And even when I list the reason why I’d be inclined to say I’d never drop bilateral squats, at no time have I ever come up with any holes in your reasoning for moving to the single-leg approach you use. At the ed of the day, it still comes back down to results, and the track record of all of your athletes speaks for itself, time and time again…….not that you needed me to remind you of all your success 🙂

  6. Vincent Brunelle DC Says:

    Love the single leg approach. I have been incorporated the rear leg elevated single leg squat using a kettle bell unilaterally on the rear leg side.
    It is very apparent which leg has less stability. I also feel the lumbar extension protects my back and challenges my hip flexors in a positive manner.

    Thanks again for your info


  7. Hey Mike,

    I have to say that I honestly can’t believe the resistance to an idea. It seems people are just set in their ways and unable to at least consider alternatives. The quote about summed it up nicely.

    I thought you might enjoy this little video I put together last week for my own amusement.

    *Caution – Strong language for those who don’t appreciate such things*

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