We’ve all seen it: an overzealous lifter in the squat rack, four plates deep on each side, bellowing out a battle cry as if entering battle against Gregor Clegane in the Game of Thrones.
One of two things happen:
1. An underwhelming quarter squat.
2. A “hybrid good-morning” that resembles Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMA’s rather than a true squat.
My point isn’t to make fun of these well-intentioned lifters; rather, it’s to bring attention to this commonly butchered exercise. Despite being crowned “the king” of all exercises, few techniques are butchered as poorly as the back squat.
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