The Deadlift can regarded as one of the true tests of overall strength as it is a compound movement that works more muscle groups than any other exercise. Not only is it great for overall strength gains, but it is very useful in injury prevention and rehab/return to play protocols. Posture is a crucial emphasis for developing athletes in performing the Deadlift. With proper technique, the movement strengthens the core as well as the muscles that support the spine and hips. This progression will focus on hip stability, range of motion, posture and appropriate loading to track the athlete to optimal deadlift technique and weight.
Today we are introducing the Frog Squat! The Frog Squat focuses on lower-extremity flexibilty, hip stability and posture.
Exercise 1: Frog Squat
To perform the Frog Squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes rotated out slightly. Keep your chest up and back flat throughout the movement. With arms straight, hands placed one on top of the other pointed toward the ground, squat slowly toward the ground. Keeping your chest up, try to touch the ground with your fingertips. If you cannot reach the ground, go as far as your range of motion allows while keeping good posture. Pause. Return slowly to the start position without locking your knees out. Pause. Repeated for prescribed reps.
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