Defending Your Beliefs


The link below is to a recent Jim Wendler blog on single leg training. It was brought up in a StrengthCoach.com forum post and I thought I would share my answer with those of you who read this blog but are not StrengthCoach.com members yet.

I’ve yet to come across someone who isn’t a fan or at least respects Jim Wendler.For those of you interested on his opinion:http://www.jimwendler.com/2011/09/uni-lateral-training-fact-and-fiction/

Nice to see he can see both sides of the coin!

I liked Wendler’s 5-3-1 but when someone writes off my 30 years of experience as a publicity stunt it’s really hard to get excited about the guy. My goal is to get athletes better without hurting any of them. I have come to the conclusion that squatting on two legs is no longer part of that. If that pisses of the powerlifting crowd, so be it. As I have said before, I take a lot of heat from the powerlifters, olympic lifters, Crossfitters etc because I question their methods. I want olympic lifts from the hang, one leg squats and Trap Bar deadlifts, all done with great technique in a rep range that is safe. Is that so crazy?

I think I understand why those in the powerlifting and olympic lifting world reject these ideas ( and read the blog, Jim basically says single leg exercises provide a good stretch). For the past thirty years powerlifters and olympic lifters have been the go to source for strength information. As we move towards a more , dare I say, functional view of strength the sports of powerlifting and olympic lifting take on less and less significance. I think the future will prove me right, lets see.

PS- If you want to learn more about the future of our field from some real forward thinkers, check out Perform Better’s Meeting of the Minds in Arizona in October.

2 Responses to “Defending Your Beliefs”

  1. Very good article on the single leg training. I think you’ll agree that he hit it on the head when talking about proper execution of a squat at which “said athlete” is capable. It just boils down to a matter of adequate coordination, stability, and proper execution of a drill from the athlete which will dictate which type of squat is more effective. In short, if he or she is capable and can benefit from it then give it go! Great post my friend.

  2. You hit the nail right on the head coach. High school athletics is where most kids get introduced to resistance training. Considering that high school weight rooms tend to be the last place where proper programming is encouraged or enforced, the high school weight room is one of powerlifting’s best marketing tools. If anything powerlifting has pulled the biggest publicly stunt of the last 30+ years!

    Anyways I’m looking forward to seeing Jim follow in Joe DeFranco’s footsteps when he writes a corrective exercise article for T-nation.

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