Today we’re talking to Dr. Aaron Horschig, a physical therapist, strength & conditioning coach, speaker, and writer. Aaron is the author of one book on mobility and movement, with another on the way, but he’s probably best known as the creator and mind behind Squat University. In our chat, we discuss what so many elite strength athletes are missing when it comes to movement, and how Aaron’s own experience as a weightlifter impacts his approach to helping people prevent and recovery from injuries. If you’ve ever wanted to improve your squat, this is a great place to start from the ground up.
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On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Dr. Aaron Horschig about:
- The creation of Squat University, and why it’s always free (2:10)
- Why athletes who can squat 700 pounds might have horrible squat mechanics (3:40)
- All movement issues must start with testing; here’s why and how (9:50)
- The special needs of strength athletes (12:00)
- Aaron’s background as a weightlifter, and why that matters (13:20)
- With age comes aches and pains, but how can you still enjoy the process of training? (17:30)
- Why everyone’s path to a great squat is different (21:00)
- There is a scientific code our bodies adhere to. Why don’t we always listen? (23:50)
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