Squat, Press & Deadlift Mobility with Jordan Syatt (Seminar Notes)

WRITTEN BY Martijn Koevoets

Here are some notes I took while watching The Maximum Strength Seminar by Jordan Syatt. But it’s not about what you think it is…

The Maximum Strength Seminar is a seminar Jordan Syatt did at Reebok Crossfit 5th Ave in Manhattan. Syatt is just a phenomenal world class powerlifter. The complete title of this seminar was of this seminar is The Maximum Strength Seminar: Squat, Press, Deadlift. To be honest this thew me a little off because this seminar is not about maximum strength in my opinion.

In the 90 minutSquat Mobilitye of the recording Syatt dives deep into the topics of squat mobility, shoulder mobility and deadlift mobility.

So this is a  mobility seminar, but there is a place for mobility work for powerlifting. And this seminar does the job perfectly.

But it called for a little change in mindset while watching the recording and taking notes. During the recording Syatt goes through movement assessment and mobility exercises for the squat, overhead press and deadlift.

Squat Mobility

It’s common for coaches to use the body weight overhead squat to check squat mobility. If an athlete can’t hit proper depth the athlete is prescribed various hip mobility exercises for squatting to improve squat mobility.

But it’s not always mobility that’s the issue here. If the athlete is able to perform a proper squat while holding a light plate or kettlebell at arms length then the issue isn’t mobility. But more likely to be stabilityStability can be improved by doing more reps, increasing time under tension and proper bracing and breathing.

But in short, stability is increased by increasing your core strength. If you can lift a lot more with a powerlifting belt than without, then you might want to pay more attention to exercises for your core.

Shoulder Mobility

For most people on the world it wouldn’t hurt to do some thoracic mobility work. Since everyone is now hunched over all the time because they are watching their Facebook, Tiwtter or Instagram feed. Or because they are sitting behind a desk all day long.

But doing some thoracic extension work will also help your overhead press. Syatt runs an attendee through various shoulder mobility tests.  And then shows you a few shoulder mobility drills to help with your overhead mobility.

Syatt shows you a great shoulder mobility stretch that targets the thoracic spine, triceps and lats at the same time. In fact, it’s probably one of the best shoulder mobility exercises you can do.

My main take away from this section was that you need to pay attention to squeezing your butt cheeks as hard as you can during the press. This will help you stabilize and in return help you press more.

Watch my video below to discover the verbal cue Syatt uses with his clients.

Deadlift Mobility

In the 3rd and last section of the seminar we’re going back to lower body mobility and how to do proper deadlifts. Other than a few quick sample exercises for ankle mobility this section is actually a lot more about proper technique for deadlift. This section is probably my favorite.

I’m going to leave you with this quote from Syatt: “The faster you lift the bar of the floor, the less work you need to do at lockout” − Click To Tweet

Watch the video below for more tips I discovered from watching The Maximum Strength Seminar.

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Author: Martijn Koevoets
Martijn is head honcho of Powerlifting University, a powerlifter, author, blogger, online coach & extreme metal aficionado. He also loves a good whiskey. He has been featured on websites like EliteFTS, JTSStrength, JMAX Fitness and more.

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