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    Squat suits and do athletes use them or should they

    Ok so squat suits can add 20-40% on to your squat 1rm. With that being said we all know that having a better squat helps with speed and vertical. My question is does anyone squat in suits or think athletes would benefit from it.
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    Originally Posted by madeira17 View Post
    Ok so squat suits can add 20-40% on to your squat 1rm. With that being said we all know that having a better squat helps with speed and vertical. My question is does anyone squat in suits or think athletes would benefit from it.
    Sure, if you wear your squat suit under your basketball shorts too.

    A squat suit will hurt your speed/vert. Your body works as a chain. By wearing a squat suit or belt you don't work the core muscle that tie your legs to your torse.

    This is the same reason why a strength coach would never have their athletes do a leg ext or leg curl.
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    Originally Posted by jonmd123 View Post
    Sure, if you wear your squat suit under your basketball shorts too.

    A squat suit will hurt your speed/vert. Your body works as a chain.By wearing a squat suit or belt you don't work the core muscle that tie your legs to your torse.

    This is the same reason why a strength coach would never have their athletes do a leg ext or leg curl.
    Judging by the statement I bolded you have never actually worn a squat suit or a belt.

    A squat suit isn't a great tool for an athlete simply because it requires a lot of time and effort to learn how to use it, time that could be better spent elsewhere, that being said the suit does allow an athlete to use supramaximal loads and will cause greater muscle recruitment and CNS activation.
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    I would think if an athlete did a ws4sb routine for 12 weeks where they work up to heavy 3rms one day then a dynamic day the other work out that it would work. From what I read it I only takes a few times to really get used to it. Some people have trained with it one time and set PRS by 50lbs. I feel like this is to good to be true and I have been searching the Internet for any coaches using the suit either in the offseason or even for combine prep work. Just imagine if an athlete works with the suit for a while then stops a week before a vertical test or something similar.
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    Maximal strength is little concern to athletes, and yes I stand by my statement that it weakens core and stabilizer muscles. Athletes do not run on two legs with their feet shoulder width apart, chest up, and back arced. Athletes run on one leg at various leg and body angles.

    There is a reason why you can't find any coaches using these, and it has little to nothing to do with time, effort, and budget.
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    Originally Posted by jonmd123 View Post

    There is a reason why you can't find any coaches using these, and it has little to nothing to do with time, effort, and budget.
    Coaches are, by and large, functionally retarded when it comes to training. How many coaches make players run laps or run stairs? Laps make athletes slower and stairs have nothing to do with any sport (except possibly crossfit, but who knows about that "sport")
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    (Strength) coaches, that go to a minimum of 4 years of college and become CSCS, don't have there athletes run laps. I would be completely shocked if you could find one CSCS that has used or would use a suit with any of their athletes.
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