Flashback: Squatting, Hinging and Choosing Better Exercises with Dr. Zac Cupples - Rebel Performance Radio


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26th Dec 2021

Flashback: Squatting, Hinging and Choosing Better Exercises with Dr. Zac Cupples

Continuing our flashback series, joining me on the show this week is Dr. Zac Cupples, rap battle and PT extraordinaire. Zac and I dive into all things learning, movement, the squat, inhaled and exhaled skeletons, the foot, the ankle, and why these matter for how you program for your clients.

Zac initially found his way into Strength & Conditioning after trying to improve his Track & Field performance, which eventually led him to become a Physical Therapist.  He’s spent time as an outpatient PT, traveling PT, and PT for the Memphis Grizzlies, and currently tours the country teaching his Human Matrix workshop.  Zac is currently the Lead PT and Director of Education at Elevate Sports Performance in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a fellow continuing education junkie, Zac and I kick things off diving down the learning rabbit hole.  We discuss Zac’s “on-demand” approach to choosing what he’s going to study next, the power of teaching, how to go about improving your retention processes, the importance of context and environment, and the need to balance consumption with times of thought and reflection.

Next, we talk about all things squatting vs. hinging.  How to decide whether your client should focus more on squatting vs. hinging, how to decide on the specific squat or hinge variation that should be in your client’s program, and how inhaled skeletons, exhaled skeletons, and the heel wedge tie into the big picture.

For example, we discuss how a simple hip flexion test can tell you to focus more on squatting, and why you’d load someone differently if they have limited shoulder extension vs. shoulder flexion.

All in all, this episode provides some much-needed clarity on these biomechanics and movement-based principles.

What You'll Learn in This Episode: 

  • [04:00] Zac’s Background
  • [9:00] Zac’s generalist approach and all things learning
  • [21:45] Zac’s learning process
  • [27:45] The squat
  • [39:00] The current rap battle landscape, in case you aren’t up to date
  • [40:45] Inhaled vs exhaled skeletons and genetics
  • [53:20] The heel wedge
  • [1:00:00] Knee shear forces
  • [01:05:00] Zac’s seminar and resources


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Rebel Performance Radio is a podcast for educated meatheads trying to suck less as athletes, coaches, and humans. Each week we light your brain on fire with some of the top coaches, athletes, scientists, dudes, and gals on the planet to help you suck less as a strength coach, athlete, and human. We talk all things training, nutrition, movement, and lifestyle with a healthy amount of banter, movie quotes, and predator handshakes sprinkled on top. New episodes air every Monday morning. Why not start your week with us?