Tip: Don’t Overemphasize one Movement Within a Movement Pattern

Thursday Thought — Don’t Overemphasize one Movement Within a Movement Pattern

A lot of times strength and conditioning coaches overemphasize one movement (think bench press) within a movement pattern, not building in the needed variety an athlete needs for both development and injury prevention.

A perfect example is the squat pattern. Within the pattern we program bilateral movements, single leg supported movement (split squats), and single leg in-supported movements (1-leg squats), and try to have a variety over the course of a training period.

In practical terms, if we see an athlete 3 days a week, we will perform a bilateral movement one day, a single leg supported movement another day, and a single leg un-supported movement the third day to make sure we are hitting all aspects of the pattern and training the hip/hip stabilizers appropriately.

Hope that helps‼️

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