Lower Body Push Techniques
Lower Body Push Training
Techniques related to lower body pushing movements - including squats and movements to supplement the squat
These are lifts that you can use as a primary movement in a lower body 'push' session, or Squat Day
These are lifts that you can use as an accessory to your primary movement in a lower body 'push' session, or Squat Day. Program accessories to strengthen weak points in your range of motion, or address technical deficiencies.
Some accessories could also be substituted for the primary movement, depending on the specificity of the accessory, and the point in your program (how far out you are from a competition).
Assistance lifts are relatively specific to the primary, or competition lift: Similar movement patterns, muscle groups and energy systems.
Squatting with bands is effective for overloading the lift, and increasing the load at the strongest point in the lift.
Squatting with chains is effective for overloading the lift, and increasing the load at the strongest point in the lift.
An accessory for back squats that helps train the squat lifting pattern, and can also develop power out of the hole
In contrast to low bar squats, high bar squats are a more quad dominant squat, versus posterior chain dominant
An accessory for back squats that helps train the squat lifting pattern, and can help increase stability at the bottom of the squat, and power out of the hole.
An accessory for back squats that helps train the squat lifting pattern, and can help strengthen sticking points
Safety Squat Bar is a specialty bar that can be used to emphasize the quads and core stability, as well as really overload the weight on the bar.
As a side benefit, it allows you to do heavy back squats even when dealing with shoulder issues.
Supplemental lifts are used to address a specific weakness or muscle. They are non-specific to the primary, or competition lifts. They may work the same, or some of the same muscles, but are different movement patterns and may use different energy systems.
A single leg exercise that is effective for building leg strength, stability and hip mobility.
Shifts emphasis to quads versus posterior chain; trains the core and reduces training load. Can help train squat pattern for novice lifters.
The hip thruster is somewhat of an isolation movement for the glutes, and one of the most effective glute exercises there is.
Leg press is an isolation exercise primarily emphasizing the quads. By deloading the back and other muscle systems, it enables you to load a significant amount of weight on the the quads