This video goes over the best squat variations for Powerlifting broken up into categories of technique, strength, and hypertrophy. So, regardless of what your goal is for a training block, you can watch this video, see what variations I list for your goal, and then make sure you have it programmed for your training block.
When it comes to squat technique, I’m a big fan of the tempo squat. You can choose your tempo based on how you want to scale it to your needs. For example, you can do a 3-1-3 tempo squat where you do 3 seconds down, 1 second pause, and then 3 seconds up.
When it comes to squat strength, I’m a big fan of the pin squat. You can set the safeties at where you hit depth, or slightly above in your weak range of motion. And if you don’t have access to safeties that you can use, then you can do a pause squat instead.
And when it comes to squat hypertrophy, I’m a big fan of any variation that raises the bar higher or in front of you, like the safety squat bar. If you don’t have access to the safety squat bar, then you can do a high bar squat or front squat instead.
If you want to hear me go more in-depth into squat variations like the ones mentioned in the video, then you can hear our podcast episode on the topic through the link below. And if you want to learn more squat tips and tricks, then be sure to check out my squat tips playlist.