Ready for 4 back squat accessory lifts? In traditional program design the back squat is considered a “main lift.” It is a compound movement requiring full body tension and recruits large muscle groups. This typically earns it a place towards the beginning of a lift. And it can set the tone and needs for the rest of the programming.
In this case, we are looking at four lifts that can help compliment the muscle groups used during the back squat. Ideally, strengthening or growing them.
The following exercises could be in two different supersets as B1, and B2 and C1 and C2, or as individual single exercise sets. I can see the logic in both. Supersets might save you time. And in this case would be pairing a posterior chain bias exercise with a quad based exercise (opposing muscle group supersets).
are the premier movement for growing the glutes (with proper intensity, volume and execution). Most of my clients and myself do some kind of thrust (supine hip hinge with knee flexion) twice per week.
👉Front foot elevated reverse lunges
Increase the range of motion in the lunge by allowing the rear knee to drop below the “floor.” Here I am keeping a vertical chest and shooting for a pretty balanced “quad” vs “glute” bias. ✅ Unilateral bias knee dominant movement.
👉B Stance Romanian Deadlift
Aka “kick stand” RDL gives us a ✅ Unilateral bias hinge movementAnd gets spicy if you control the eccentric (lowering/lengthening phase for the hamstrings). Counter to what fitspos on instagram and pinterest will tell you, this is NOT a glute dominant movement. They are worked, but this is a hamstring dominant exercise.
👉Cyclist Goblet squat
Is a heavy quad bias movement. The elevated heel allows for an upright chest and knees to drive far over the toes. In that deepest position the VMO is put to WORK and you shall build your tear drop. This is another fabulous quad dominant movement pushing RANGE OF MOTION.
Do you use these back squat accessory lifts already? Are you going to start?
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