Feb. 6, 2013
BERKELEY - CalBears.com is debuting a new segment as we strive to give a more in-depth look inside the Cal Men's Basketball program and the life of a student-athlete. This new segment, titled "Cal Crush Cam" is hosted by Cal Men's Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Thom as he demonstrates different training techniques in the weight room and provides analysis how each exercise translates into a better product on the basketball court.
The first exercise Coach Thom demonstrates is the Single Leg Eccentric Front Squat. Junior guard Allen Crabbe demonstrates the proper technique.
The single leg eccentric front squat is a great in-season exercise to maintain VMO strength. Often in basketball, knee tendonitis occurs due to all the jumping and cutting in the sport. This exercise, twice a week, two sets of 5-10 reps each leg, helps to strengthen the VMO, helping to prevent knee tendonitis.
Remember when performing the exercise its a controlled movement, eccentrically firing the muscles around the knee, elbows up, big chest, engaged core, and flat back throughout the decent.