More people keep showing up for the Sunday class. This past weekend 19 participants braved the cold drizzle to show up. Interestingly (to me at least) is that I am getting a bunch of trainers from “Big Box” gyms showing up. One guy named Steve has come for about 2 weeks, and done very well in all the workouts, and now is bringing friends. One thing I have noticed though, almost all of them seem a bit taken back by our approach to squating. I have noticed this working with trainers in many gyms. Now, I an NOT being critical here. These people are coming to something different, and working hard. It just shows how far removed our approach is from the mainstream “Industry standards”, where a parallel airsquat with an upright torso is a mystery, not a starting point.
At City Fitness, I have a whiteboard where I diagram exercises up in the weight room. Right now its the Overhead Squat. Today one trainers client looked at it, and mentioned to her trainer that she liked the idea. The trainer went on to tell her about how dangerous the OHS is. In fact, she said any squats are just too risky, especially with all the other options she has available. OK here I AM being critical. I don’t think I need to go into detail here, but in my mind, a program that avoids any squatting (for a healthy young client, no less) is just not any good. Period.
Oh, and for the “Danger” of squatting- we do at least 60 squats in our warmup every class, and probably average a few hundred in the workouts (of various styles). Over the last year and a half, more than a hundred classes- not one acute injury, and two cases of tendonosis that were quickly dealt with.
Anyways, this weekend we did:
Warmup with squats, pushups, and samson stretches
PVC OHS practice
50 Rep OHS with weight, as few sets as possible done with
either: PVC, 18 lbs, 35 lbs, 45 lbs, 75 lbs or 95 lbs.
8 Minutes of:
Burpee ladder with shuttle runs
(sprint 15 yards and back, 1 burpee, sprint, 2 burpees etc.)
1 arm DB snatches
done 15 snatches each side, lunge 1/2 length of BB court and back, 14 snatches each and lunging, down to 10 snatches each side.
Scores to follow.