as a jumper, for last couple of years i’ve used quarter squats as a follow on from deep squats in the winter. so from October through till March/April i’ll squat heavy and deep and then a month or so out from outdoors i’ll drop down to quarter squats with the emphasis on speed and more specificity. I figure that quarter squats are more specific to the kind of knee/hip angles that i’ll be hitting during jumping and also reduce the risk of soreness leading up to competitions. furthermore I feel like when squatting deep although the first part of the range is loaded, the latter part of the squat is too easy and so not being stressed which is the part of the range which you use when jumping (hip flexors/upper quads), whereas when you quarter squat you are able to lift heavier then you could deep squat and so are able to stress the upper/latter part of the squat movement. hope this makes sense….
Matt Morsia on June 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm #116995