The shoulder is a very important joint in our body as it allows a wide variety of movement in different ranges. Most of us are aware of movements such as vertical and horizontal pressing and pulling as well as abduction (movement away from your body) and adduction (movement towards your body) of our arm but we often neglect 4 crucial movements which are retraction, protraction, depression and elevation of the shoulder blade.
It is true that men and women are two different creatures, but this does not mean that training should be completely different between the two genders. The principles and basis of training should be the same for both male and female with the same exercise library but there are a few things that we need to keep in mind.
Squats are great! Squats use the main muscle groups in our lower body, they use the hips, knees and ankles, they can be used to build mass, to become stronger and improve athletic performance, to improve our mobility around different joint etc. Put simply, everyone should be doing a squat variation; of which there are many. Today we are going to discuss the two main types of squats, that is, the back squat and the front squat – the difference between the two, if we should prioritise one over the other and when should we be doing what.