Originally Posted by Ian Nigh
Been reading up a bit, and it seems the general consensus is that uni-lateral work like B Split Aquats is not very good for increasing one's squat.
For rehab purposes, would it be useful then to also include a lighter weight squat day in my routine? Perhaps around 65% of my max and focus on speed?
The idea behind my routine is basically to unload the lower back but keep making strength progress. Thanks for the responses.
Also: what are the pros/cons of barefoot squatting?
Only if you can squat correctly. If you don't, then no. If you can squat correctly with a light weight, then no reason not to.
Barefoot squatting is dumb depending on the type of squat, at least in my opinion. A high bar, Olympic style back squat or front squat is going to be restricted by ankle mobility. The raised heel helps alleviate this and aid in achieving depth.
In addition, a shoe with a stiff sole like Chucks or an Oly shoe depending on the type of squatting add more stability than barefoot squatting does.
Eric Cressey makes sense in this post.