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  1. Neither. He was taking about how someone's brain isn't done developing until around 25 years old. Use before then can cause negative effects but are not catastrophic. Similar argument to alcohol.
  2. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    They aren't doing 1/4 squats, just stopping a little too early on parallel. Here is a reason for doing 1/4 squats: A primary reason is more practical strength focus. Football players spend almost no time engaged with other players in a parallel (or lower) squat position. Using full range movements sound great but the weaker links in the chain will never be strong enough to handle the weights that the stronger portions can. Hence a reason for not being too strict with parallel. The potential trade-off is muscle imbalance. Usually this shows up in injuries across the team in obvious patterns, i.e. the Pelini era and hamstrings. As we do not know everything that Duval is doing, and why, to offset this it is just grumpy speculation. The safe answer is the 'old school' answer. Sacrifice maximal performance to limit injuries. That is a great answer for high school. However, in a cutting edge college training environment you will always be behind.
  3. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    If you don't see improvement on the field it doesn't really matter how much they are lifting. Probably better to just let it go than embarrass kids that were just doing what they were told.
  4. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    They are really useful for weightlifting competitions where you need an exact number on the bar taking the collars into account. Here is a rundown of pretty much every type of collar imaginable (even the Husker Power collars made the list!). The good stuff is on the bottom of the list.
  5. zeWilbur

    DT Nash Hutmacher [Nebraska Commit]

    Was asked to but I let track & field pay for school. Hammer throwing is fun.
  6. zeWilbur

    DT Nash Hutmacher [Nebraska Commit]

    It is possible but since he is already 6'5" and almost 300 lbs the bulk of his frame development is likely already done. Being that big means normal rules don't necessarily apply. I would be more concerned over a 200 lb kid doing similar things. Regardless, I believe the bigger risk is injury from lack of skill, overdoing it, etc., and have that injury become chronic. You can hear his dad correct his form after the first rep in the deadlift video (partly why the second rep looked so much easier) which is nice to see. Despite the best of intentions far too many high school coaches don't know what they are doing and the kids suffer for it. From an anecdotal state I lifted from 14 to 29. Was never his size but was lifting a bit more than him from the videos around that age "Insert naturally strong family joke here" and never had a lifting or repetitive use injury. Years later and still no wear & tear stuff. Maybe I just got lucky. Have a few friends that still have nagging injuries they got from sports/lifting when they were younger. Maybe it's all a crapshoot but they were the type that would do a ridiculous amount of reps on their own and broke down over time. Hence my slant on the question.
  7. Secret cave behind the waterfall
  8. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    Barefoot squatting is fine as has been around forever. Being barefoot on hardwood (the middle section of the lifting platform is finished like hardwood in nice setups) is pretty stupid. If any sweat drips onto the floor it can become a slip-n-slide without shoes on.
  9. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    No worries. I think this is just a miscommunication as I never mentioned where the bar sits over your feet. Or certainly didn't intend to imply a change there at least. At no point am I suggesting people squat on the balls of their feet. Just used an example that if you are pushing something forward (not squatting) look at what your body is physically doing to determine the muscle groups involved in doing it. Firing out of a 3-point stance is more horizontal effort where you stay on the balls of your feet going forward. So you do that by activating your quads and driving forward. That is a front chain heavy effort. Front squatting uses more front chain than back squatting. A side effect of engaging your quads is that you also engage your shins and more stabilizers in the foot. That changes the feel of a front squat to a front/mid-foot feeling vs heel feeling. Though too far towards the front of the foot means you are falling forward and life is about to go very badly! Fun exercise, if your kinesthetic awareness is decent, is to flex your butt and see where you feel it in your feet. Then do the same with your quads. That's where if get the front/mid vs rear comparison. Maybe just using 'mid' instead of 'front/mid' would be less confusing. Also, I have seen video of the team doing incline press and some overhead with dumbbells so they are doing something functional in the regard.
  10. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    I get how that part might be seem backward. And maybe the only way it will click is to just do a couple and feel how your body reacts different;y to each. Regardless, if you are in a 3-point stance doing a back squat is standing straight up. Doing a front squat in that position will lunge you forward.
  11. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    307Husker is absolutely right about the vectors. It might be easier to think about it in a different way though. Here's a way I can get my kids to wrap their heads around it (so it is clearly oversimplified).Front squats have more force generated through front/mid foot, back squats through the heel. When pushing on object are you pushing off the ball of your foot or your heels?
  12. zeWilbur

    Maurice Washington Faces Charges

    That is a significant issue. Men (all people really) do need a court to draw a line in the sand. Without it the entire argument is arbitrary and you cannot effectively enforce any law based on intangible feelings of victimization.
  13. zeWilbur

    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    They do wear out. All bumper plates (so rubber, not metal) have a little metal ring in the center hole that the bar slides into. Every time that weight hits the floor the rubber around the metal ring compresses a very small amount. Eventually the material breaks down enough that the ring can become loose and the plate will break. Usually it breaks off with the ring and some rubber still on the bar and makes the plate look like a big donut. But it does take a lot of reps. Buying quality stuff means it takes even more reps. Likely tens of thousands before actual failure. You could just replace as needed but then you run into the problem of uneven wear so they tend to get replaced in groups.
  14. zeWilbur

    JUCO OG Desmond Bland [Nebraska Commit]

    I get the convenience of the lazy/partier implication. Especially as we are not privy to the level of information to warrant an informed decision. Though it bothers me when people/posts are dismissive of a kid by oversimplifying the situation. He has made his own bed but there might be a little more to it than that. To clear the NCAA 40-60-80 rule he would need 60% of a degree completed by the end of his third year. At 120 credit hours for NU graduation that would be 72 hours. Not a giant hurdle but that is the actual number with which he is dealing. 1. All of those have to be applicable to the same major to hit the 60% mark. This can be very tricky if he ever changed majors or started very gen ed and now wants to go a major with a heavy emphasis. Something writing intensive would likely cause just as much problem as something math intensive. 2. All have to be at a grade high enough to be accepted by the transferring institution. 3. All of the courses must actually be transferable to NU. JUCOs are really good at creating "unique" courses that might not fit into the transferring schools curriculum. e.g. A California JUCO might have a 'History of the Southwest' course that Nebraska would not accept because they did not have anything that specific in the current course catalog(personal experience on this one). Usually this is mitigated by local JUCOs tailoring for local 4-year schools. There are large discrepancies from Kansas schools to NU let alone from Arizona schools to NU. I'm sure he would have registered for the semester with some heavy input from NU Admissions folks to try and alleviate this. So if he took 12 hours a semester for three years he would be at 72 credits. If even one course did not transfer he would not be eligible even if he had a 4.0 GPA. I'm not claiming this is his exact situation but hopefully demonstrating that lack of guidance early in the process or a change of direction can screw a student athlete more than anything else. Even when they are doing everything they are asked.
  15. Pretty sure he is from Watkinsville, GA. @recruitgeorgia is for a local(GA) recruiting site, nothing to do with the University of Georgia.