The Parallel Squat: An Application to Athletic Performance
By:Michael E. Bewley, MA, CSCS, C-SPN, USAW-I


The squat has often been referred to as the “king of exercise.” As an exercise of the popular American weightlifting sport of Power lifting, the squat is a competitive movement where maximal performance is sought. However, what relationship does the squat hold in terms of athletic performance among athletes?

In my opinion, the squat is the most important strengthening exercise an athlete can do. Virtually all sports, with the exception of water sports and polo, are “ground-based,” meaning the athlete’s legs are in contact with the ground throughout the duration of the sports activity.

Can you think of another activity that is largely “ground based” that involves the muscles of the hip and leg?

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