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 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.