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big_swede 03-29-2013 01:40 AM

Strongman: Best type of squat
From Clint Darden
Strongman:The Best Type of Squat - YouTube

(No idea why it wont embed)

MikeM 03-29-2013 09:10 AM

He makes an interesting point about wide carrying over to stones and tire flip, etc. Don't know if it's true, but it sounds logical. I also like that he is saying get better at what you are weak at. That totally makes sense.

However, Poundstone, Zydrunas, Mariusz, etc. etc. etc. all pretty much back squat fairly narrow and I've never heard of them box squatting wide. Maybe they did, but you never see it, nor have I ever seen them use a wide stance in WSM or anything like that. No Sumo pullers either btw. which I think is interesting as well.

Literally found that right after I posted:rolleyes: haha.

bruteforce 03-29-2013 09:20 AM

Mike, part of the reason you don't see sumo is that it isn't allowed in a lot of the pulling events. If you go sumo on an 18" deadlift, there's nothing to do but put your hands on it and say you're locked out.

I am a little surprised that the WSM folks don't do more wide squatting since they use squat suits, but I'm not convinved one is better than the other, especially with the need for raw power and strength.

MikeM 03-29-2013 09:30 AM

Makes sense, Brute. But you don't see them Sumo on max weight events either.

I'm not convinced either and one of the things I nit pick about with Darden is that he seems to sort of advocate the short cuts. What can you do to get the heaviest weights the fastest sort of thing. Briefs, suits, variations, etc.

I think for a guy like him that's been doing this a good long while, that's the way to go. But his channel seems like it is geared for newer type lifters given the questions he asnswers and I do not think it is in the best interest of newer lifters to box squat and get gear as soon as they can to be more "efficient". And I read all the time that normal squats and front squats are the way to go to get the base level of strength you need for strongman activities. I read one of those today on Elitefts. Chase somebody talking about front squats.

I think you need to take your raw strength in your normal stance pretty close to as far as it will go before you start dabbling in various gear and different styles.

Just my .02.

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