When does an exercise or movement need to be progressed? Regressed? Altered? Or, in some cases, entirely replaced?
First and foremost, the “progression” or “regression” of an exercise is not always a comment or reflection on the skill or strength of the mover. Occasionally this is the case, but more often than not an exercise may not optimally suit the athlete! An example of this is a barbell back squat for an individual with longer legs and a shorter torso. Without going too deep into the biomechanics of this situation we can simply say that the exercise design does benefit the athlete because their limbs do not jive with the requirements of the movement. The good news is, in the category of leg dominant movements, there are many other options for the long legged athlete, which will provide a more than ideal training opportunity!