Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dan John and Potato Sack Squats

I found this video to be especially useful. It's Dan John teaching basic squat form, and teaching you how to teach squat form. The secret? Goblet squats and potato sack squats.

He also gets into the starting position for the snatch, one of the two competitive Olympic lifts. It's a great exercise to learn.

The video is 50 minutes long, but it's really excellent. If you squat, it's worth taking the time to watch it. One warning - It cuts off at the end - the person filming it ran out of memory or battery, I don't know which.

Dan John on the Video Fitcast

Why should I learn to squat? I'll defer to my friend Jungledoc on this - he's got a great post about squatting - how and why.

Who is this Dan John guy? Interestingly, Boris Bachmann just wrote about Dan John on his SquatRx blog. I'll let Boris explain why Dan John is worth listening to. The short version - Dan makes the complicated simple.


  1. That's a very good video. Well, contents-wise, at least. I really wish the guys who shoot videos like that would read a couple of issues of Videomaker magazine, or a book or something. Running out of tape is like the most basic bone-head mistake. And investing in a tripod and a wireless mic would help a lot.

    But, Dan John is one of the best but most unassuming guys around. If all of the "experts" had expertise in the same proportion their egos that he does, they'd all be amazing.


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