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Old 02-08-2007, 05:05 PM   #1
Garrett Smith
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Talking The "B" squat....

This is a thread started as an offshoot of my hello thread...


It is regarding the "B" squat:


I personally love this exercise and find it both highly functional as well as ignored (dude, I can't lift as much) by the lifting public--even the people who know about it.

I always sub it into my back squat workouts 1:1 with "A" back squats (ie. normal back squats). This takes 3 sets to complete a round (1 normal, B right, B left). So, in my 5x5 back squat WOD the other day, I decided to do 6x5 to get everything in nicely.

I've found that the B squat is more natural and thus new squatters tend to take to it much more quickly in terms of depth and comfort.

I tried the stance with BB deadlifts (bar in front of the heel-down foot, not between the legs), didn't like it at all. It works great with KB deadlifts (since you can place the KB in the middle of the stance). Many people naturally pick up KBs like this, in my observations.

People in the OL forum here may be interested in this article on overhead lifting with the B-squat, something I'm yet to try (looking forward to it as of now):

And the belted B-squat (low budget gyms rejoice!):

I also am going to try this stance with front squats.

My personal belief is that between the change in the COM of the lifter/weight, along with increasing mobility & proprioception from the heel lifting off the floor, this allows for more ROM and the more natural feel.

My rear heel lifts off the ground, the ball of the rear foot is still firmly planted. I focus on driving through the heel of the front foot.


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Old 02-08-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Interesting info on the B squat... I noticed that article on Bryce's site before, but had never tried them out.

In the other thread, you mentioned the manta ray. What has your experience been using that? I have been thinking about picking one up and was curious to hear some other perspectives.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:30 PM   #3
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The Manta Ray really doesn't work well for me. I've tried it on several occasions, as the old weight room I trained in had one.

I like doing bodyweight b-squatting. I've actually alternated bodyweight squats in a conditioning routine the way Garrett has suggested. I really, really get the VMO pumped full of blood that way, for some reason.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:24 AM   #4
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Will try them out today.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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I like the "B" squat and have used it and variations for a while now. I particularly like hang squat cleans done in the "B" stance.

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Old 02-09-2007, 03:59 PM   #6
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I'm curious... was there anything in particular you didn't like about the manta ray?
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