How many 145 pound, 16 year olds do you know that are Squatting and Deadlifting 225# for reps? Look, we’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: Nothing is more important for athletic performance than being able to forcefully open the hip. And nothing does a better job of developing that kind of strength than Squats and Deadlifts. Don’t be fooled by flashy “speed/explosive” training. If your athlete doesn’t have a strength foundation built on heavy barbell work, they are not reaching their full potential.