We were delighted to receive a message from one of our readers recently who wished to show us a device he had created to keep track of his sissy squat progress. It’s a great demonstration of our principles, proactively developing your own training regime, for effective progression, while at the same time literally showing how you can benefit through DIY training. Mike Tassinari, seeing an opportunity to carefully monitor his training, produced this:
The board on the floor has measurements on both side, while the squat board can be moved along these measurements, increasing the distance from the wall. He has opted to screw the board into place as he progresses, so each session he can clearly see, in definite measurements, how much he has improved. We’d make the simple change of using adjustable pins instead of screws, so the board can be placed at different distances for gradually increased sets during an exercise session, but otherwise the principle is fantastic.
Sissy squats are an incredibly simple exercise that require next to no equipment, but done properly they offer powerful results in improving the tracking of your knees. For those who aren’t familiar with the exercise, or worry about how to measure progression, a simple idea like this is ideal to make sure you achieve those results. It’s an innovative, and cheap, approach, that really embodies the idea that you don’t have to be a professional personal trainer to acquire a good understanding of your personal needs and progression – you just have to pay careful attention to the exercise and understand why it is you’re doing what you’re doing.
If you’ve made any similar steps in your training, we’d love to hear about them – please get in touch. Alternatively, if you’re looking for ideas to monitor your progression or similarly innovate in exercise, let us know in the comments!