How Do I Become A More Explosive Athlete?

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THE SQUAT

by Coach Jackie Alvarenga

The squat is an exercise that has been performed for centuries in order to develop strength and overall power. There are myriad of effective ways to engage different key muscles to become more explosive and powerful in nature; the squat without a doubt has to be one of the most effective ways for younger participants to become fundamentally sound as they are developing as athletes. This beneficial and traditional exercise can literally be performed in any exercise program with experienced and non experienced participants. Squats, as a fundamental movement, can serve to improve mobility, stability, muscle imbalance, explosiveness, and overall strength. These factors tie into the success of the functional movements executed in any sports that require the participants to transfer loads from one movement to the next, i.e basketball, soccer, baseball, football, tennis, etc. Many “nay-sayers” tend to shy away from this exercise…

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