5 Essential Hardbody Strength Training Tips for Overcoming the Squat Dilemma

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Importance of Specificity in Squat Training
  3. Utilizing Bolded Sets for Feedback
  4. The Power of Video Demonstrations
  5. The Role of Written Cues
  6. Conclusion


Over the past three years, our virtual coaching membership has grown significantly. During this time, we have encountered the “Squat Dilemma” numerous times. When the back squat is implemented as a primary lift in our Hardbody strength training program, it’s crucial to be very specific about our expectations. Without clear guidelines, athletes may fall back on what they think is a proper back squat or rely on what a previous coach taught them.

The Importance of Specificity in Squat Training

While video demonstrations are beneficial, providing specific cues and explaining why we perform the squat in a particular way is essential. Regardless of a member’s past experience, they have not trained on the Science Over Tradition program and need to understand the “why” behind the “how.” Here are some changes we believe can enhance the virtual training experience.

Utilizing Bolded Sets for Feedback

In a live team setting, having coaches sign off on the top set is an excellent way to monitor progress, check form, and ensure appropriate bar speed and weight. In the virtual world, we encourage members to send in a short clip of their top set. This provides a wealth of feedback and helps maintain quality across our platform.

The Power of Video Demonstrations

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth even more. Our video demonstrations ensure that our form is spot-on, as that is what will be replicated by our members. This also emphasizes the importance of coaches practicing what they preach. If you never squat, how can you instruct someone else to do it?

The Role of Written Cues

Different people have different learning styles. While some benefit from watching video demonstrations, others gain more from written cues. Providing both options ensures that all members can learn effectively and perform the squat correctly.


These are just a few variables that must be considered when coaching on a virtual platform. We continue to learn, evolve, and constantly seek ways to improve our members’ experience. We truly appreciate all our current members for their daily effort and confidence in our program.

By following these Hardbody strength training tips, athletes can overcome the squat dilemma and achieve their fitness goals. Simple, effective, and consistent training is the key to success.