Squat University

Squat University

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The ultimate guide to decreasing pain, optimizing athletic performance & finding your true strength by Dr. Aaron Horschig.
World Record Weights & Chicken Shakes With Blaine Sumner
Apr 7 • 38 min
In episode 56, powerlifting world champion Blaine Sumner stops by to talk everything from training, recovering from injuries and nutrition.
Gluteal Amnesia With Dr. Stuart McGill
Mar 31 • 34 min
In episode 55, Dr. Start McGill stops by to share the research and his experience with “gluteal amnesia.” We also dive into whether or not tight hamstrings cause back pain and how you should read research.
Back Mechanics With Dr. Stuart McGill
Mar 28 • 53 min
In episode 48, Dr. Stuart McGill (the foremost authority in the world in low back mechanics and injury) stops by for his 2nd time on the podcast to discuss whether back round is acceptable during deadlifts, rehabilitation from low back injury and more!
Are Banded Joint Mobilizations Legit?
Mar 24 • 20 min
In episode 54, Dr. Aaron Horschig talks all things banded joint mobilizations: what they aim to do, the research behind them and if you should be including them in your warm up!
Thoracic Spine Mobility
Mar 17 • 14 min
In episode 53, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the foundation for why thoracic spine mobility is needed when lifting, how to screen for limitations and a few common ways to improve stiffness you may find! To learn more about improving thoracic spine…
The Science of Sticking Points with Eric Helms
Mar 10 • 52 min
In episode 52, Eric Helms drops by to talk about the science of WHY sticking points occur during lifting and what research has to say about the best ways to bust through them!
Breaking Through Training Plateaus with Dr. Jacob Wilson
Mar 3 • 58 min
In episode 51, Dr. Jacob Wilson stops by to share his knowledge in training through plateaus and nutrition to boost your performance in the weight room!
Energy Leaks
Feb 24 • 22 min
In episode 50, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the topic of “energy leakage” as it applies to technique problems during lifting. He goes into detail as to how to spot these issues, how the effect the body and ways in which you can fix them!
Elbow Pain 101
Feb 17 • 30 min
In episode 49, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to find the source of elbow pain so you can craft together an efficient fix and get back to lifting pain free!
Barbell Squatting 101
Feb 3 • 24 min
In episode 47, Dr. Aaron Horschig sits down and discusses the basic fundamental points to squatting with a barbell.
Why Wear A Weightlifting Belt?
Jan 27 • 17 min
In episode 46 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how and why a weightlifting belt is used. He shares personal experiences and a few research articles on how a belt changes your lifting!
The Overhead Athlete (Roundtable Discussion)
Jan 20 • 40 min
Episode 45 is the first roundtable discussion as Mike Reinold, Dan Pope and Kiefer Lammi join the show. We talk screening overhead injuries and technique problems, favorite exercises for overhead athletes and where to find eduction other than instagram on…
5 Tips To Improve Your Snatch
Jan 13 • 79 min
In episode 44, Olympian Chad Vaughn gives his top 5 tips to improve your snatch technique, decrease your risk of injury and hit that next PR!
How to Breathe When Lifting Heavy
Jan 6 • 19 min
In episode 43, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to breathe correctly with the Valsalva maneuver when attempting to lift heavy weight.
Fixing The Front Rack
Dec 30, 2018 • 29 min
In episode 42, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to fix a front rack problem (low or uneven elbows during a front squat or clean). He breaks down mobility issues at the wrist, thoracic spine and lats and how to fix weak links you may find!
Muscle Science 101 with Layne Norton
Dec 23, 2018 • 61 min
In episode 41, Layne Norton sits down to discuss how muscle is grown and maintained through muscle protein synthesis. We dive deep into nutrition and how you can maximize your muscle growth!
Tendon Pain with Jill Cook
Dec 16, 2018 • 73 min
In episode 40 of the podcast, Professor Jill Cook shares her expertise on how tendon injuries occur and the proper steps you should take in rehabilitation! We talk in detail about the most common forms: Achilles and patellar tendinopathy.
Strength Science With Dr. Andy Galpin
Dec 9, 2018 • 69 min
In episode 39, Dr. Andy Galpin joins the show to discuss the science behind how strength is built and maintained. Dr. Galpin is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton, author of the book “Unplugged” and one of the world’s…
Powerlifting Injuries With JP Price
Dec 2, 2018 • 80 min
In episode 38, elite powerlifter JP Price (only man to squat 1000 lbs & bench 600 lbs) sits down and talks about his recent injuries, future surgery and numerous other powerlifting topics.
McGill Big 3 For Core Stability
Nov 25, 2018 • 42 min
In episode 37, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the McGill Big 3 (three essential core stability exercises from renowned spine expert Dr. Stuart McGill).
The Worst Squat Injury Ever
Nov 18, 2018 • 80 min
Josiah O’Brien was crushed under 655 lbs during a powerlifting meet, tearing almost every ligament & tendon in BOTH KNEES. We discuss his injury, rehab and numerous training topics!
The Road To The 1000 lb Squat With Kelly Branton
Nov 11, 2018 • 49 min
In episode 35, elite powerlifter Kelly Branton joins the show. We talk everything from injury and rehab in Kelly’s pursuit of a 1,000 lb squat as well as programming and even bench technique!
Hip Mobility 101
Nov 4, 2018 • 26 min
In episode 34 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses all things hip mobility. There are three main factors that can change your mobility (soft tissue, capsule and anatomy). Learn today how each can impact your level of mobility and what that may…
Low Back Pain With Dr. Stuart McGill
Oct 28, 2018 • 81 min
In episode 33 of the podcast, Dr. Stuart McGill stops by to talk everything from low back pain to enhancing core stability. Dr. McGill is considered to be the foremost expert in the world on spine biomechanics and low back pain.
Lifting After The Age of 50
Oct 21, 2018 • 13 min
In episode 32 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the myth that lifting weights is bad for those over the age of 50.
Fixing Lateral Hip Pain
Oct 14, 2018 • 29 min
In episode 31 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the common injury of lateral hip pain (Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome). You’ll find out how to identify this injury and the best steps to take to kick start the healing process!
Fixing the Twisting Squat Fault
Oct 6, 2018 • 22 min
In episode 30 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses WHY a twist may occur in your squat and HOW to go about finding the right solution to fixing it!
Fixing Piriformis Syndrome
Sep 30, 2018 • 22 min
In episode 29 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to screen and fix piriformis syndrome. This is one of the most common injuries that creates pain deep in your glutes and possible radiating pain down the back of your thigh.
The Single Leg Bridge Screen
Sep 23, 2018 • 13 min
In episode 28, Dr. Aaron Horschig shares a simple screen he performs with every athlete he evaluates to help uncover coordination issues in how we produce hip extension that lead to technique problems and injury.
Fixing The Off Balance Squat
Sep 16, 2018 • 23 min
In episode 27, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to fix one of the most common technique faults when performing the squat - becoming off balance.
Fixing Hip Flexor Pain
Sep 2, 2018 • 26 min
In episode 26 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to fix that nagging hip flexor pain!
Fixing A Groin Strain
Aug 26, 2018 • 27 min
In episode 25 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to fix the dreaded groin strain (adductor strain). This is one of the most common forms of groin pain in athletes and commonly occurs all at once (not a slow onset like a hip flexor injury).
Fixing The ‘Good Morning’ Squat
Aug 19, 2018 • 18 min
In episode 24, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses WHY the ‘good morning’ or ‘stripper squat’ fault occurs and HOW to fix it!
Fixing Hip Impingement
Aug 12, 2018 • 28 min
In episode 23, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to kick start the rehab process when dealing with a hip impingement or FAI. This is a common hip injury that brings out a pinch or blocked like pain in the front of your hip as you move into a deep squat.
Training Programming with Greg Nuckols
Aug 5, 2018 • 81 min
Episode 22 is the 2nd interview show! Today Dr. Aaron Horschig is joined by strength & exercise science expert Greg Nuckols. Greg is a powerlifter and avid researcher who puts out a ton of amazing content on Strongerbyscience.com. Today we chat about all…
Fixing The Rounded Back Squat
Jul 29, 2018 • 18 min
In episode 21 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how to fix the dreaded rounded back technique fault during the squat. You’ll not only learn why the fault occurs (poor core stability) but also how to fix it!
Groin Pain 101
Jul 22, 2018 • 27 min
In episode 20 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig dives deep into the topic of hip pain, specifically how to screen your body for what kind of groin pain you’re experiencing (hip flexor or adductor strain and hip impingement).
Is Youth Weight Lifting Safe?
Jul 15, 2018 • 17 min
In Episode 19 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the controversial topic: is weight training for children dangerous?
To Stretch or Not To Stretch
Jul 8, 2018 • 28 min
In episode 18 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses the topic of stretching, how it actually works to improve flexibility and whether or not you should be doing it before your workout!
Squat Anatomy 201 (Femur Length)
Jul 1, 2018 • 18 min
In episode 17 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig dives into the topic of how femur length compared to torso length can change your squat mechanics. He then gives some practical take aways so you can find the best squat for your body!
Applying The Joint By Joint Concept
Jun 24, 2018 • 19 min
In episode 16 of the podcast we expand on the Joint By Joint Concept from the previous episode and give some practical application!
The Joint By Joint Concept
Jun 17, 2018 • 27 min
In episode 15 of the podcast we discuss one of the most influential approaches to understanding the body and how it works: the joint by joint concept.
Fixing IT Band Pain
Jun 10, 2018 • 29 min
In episode 14 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how IT Band starts and how to kick-start the healing process!
Squat Anatomy
Jun 3, 2018 • 25 min
In episode 13 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses how individual differences in anatomy can change your squat technique. Understanding how anatomy dictates what feels “normal” to you will help you perform to your greatest potential!
Chad Vaughn & Cheryl Haworth Interview
May 20, 2018 • 101 min
Episode 12 is the first interview show, and who best than 2 olympians! Chad Vaughn and Cheryl Haworth are two of the most decorated olympic weightlifters in United States history! We dive deep into technique, programming, the mental approach to lifting…
Anatomy 101: Glute Medius
May 13, 2018 • 18 min
In episode 11 of the podcast we dive into the anatomy of your body and learn about the glute medius - an important muscle in maintaining quality technique and powerful performances under the barbell!
Hip Vs Quad Dominant Squats
May 6, 2018 • 34 min
In episode 10 Dr. Aaron Horschig debunks the myth that certain squats are “Quad Dominant” or “Hip Dominant” and backs it up with the latest research!
Low Bar vs High Bar Squat
Apr 29, 2018 • 18 min
In episode 9 we dive into the science of the squat to discover the differences between the low bar vs high bar variations of the back squat!
Patellar Compression Syndrome
Apr 22, 2018 • 32 min
Do you have knee pain? Patellar Compression Syndrome is one of the most common forms of knee pain barbell athletes sustain that gradually creeps up over time. Learn today WHAT this injury is and HOW to fix it!
The Technique Continuum
Apr 15, 2018 • 29 min
In episode 7 we discuss how to evaluate technique & help you understand how to separate great technique from acceptable and poor quality. It’s often easy to explain perfect technique, but how do you know where the quality of your lifts stand? Find out…
The Squat: Toes Forward or Angled?
Apr 8, 2018 • 21 min
In episode 6 of the show we discuss whether you should have your toes pointing forward or angled to the side when squatting!
Barbell Training: Shoes or No Shoes?
Apr 2, 2018 • 27 min
In Episode 5 of the Podcast, we discuss the types of shoes (or lack there of) you may see athletes wearing in the gym & how to find the best pair for your body!
Patellar & Quad Tendon Pain
Mar 25, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode we dive deep into one of the most prevalent causes of knee pain with strength athletes - patellar and quad tendon injuries. Dr. Aaron Horschig not only discusses how someone develops pain at either of these tendons but a few ways you can…
The Tripod Foot
Mar 18, 2018 • 15 min
Your foot sets the foundation for quality technique & powerful movement. As an athlete, understanding how to set your foot in a tripod is essential to perfecting technique & improving performance.
Knee Pain 101
Mar 10, 2018 • 17 min
Episode 2 of the show dives into the basics of WHY we develop knee pain as strength athletes. These injuries don’t often come all at once (like when a football player tears his ACL) but instead are due to a culumination of micro-trauma sustained at the…
The Foundation
Feb 22, 2018 • 14 min
In episode 1 of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig introduces the WHY behind Squat University and the format for the upcoming podcast! We then dive in deep into the ‘The Foundation’ of a movement first approach to training and how this mindset can not only…