Strength Coach Roundtable #7: The Squat

After a few month’s hiatus, rowing strength coaches Will Ruth, Blake Gourley, and Joe Deleo return to the Strength Coach Roundtable to talk about an important lift for rowing performance–the squat. In this 45-minute episode, we talk about how we teach it to our rowers, our favorite (and least favorite) variations of the squat to use for rowing training, and how we program it in-season and off-season. Give it a listen and check out the show notes below for more links and video demonstrations.

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Exciting news from the Roundtable! To make our past episodes easier to find, we now have our own page here on Rowperfect UK. Check it out here for more info on the Roundtable as well as a “highlight reel” podcast episode of excerpts from our first six podcasts. You can also now join our new Facebook group for discussing strength training for rowing. Please join us and let us know what you think and if you have any questions or requests for future topics!

0:00: What we’ve been up to for the last few months

4:20: Teaching the squat from the ground-up

14:20: Footwear for squatting

  • At right, Will demonstrates the “third world squat” deep squat

19:30: Teaching variations of the squat

24:05: Favorite variations how & why

29:30: Programming in-season & off-season

40:25: Final thoughts & takeaways

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