There are a few exercises i see in the gym that when being performed make me cringe.
The squat is one of those exercises that i see being performed incorrectly nearly every day.
Most of the time the squat technique i see looks similar to the picture below (the one on the left)
💥There are a few reasons why your squat could be poor.
1. You have been shown incorrectly by an inadequate instructor.
2. Your muscles are tight and restricting your range of motion.
3. Your are being lazy with how you move your body.
4. Your balance and leg strength is poor.
5. You have performed the movement incorrectly for so long that trying to fix it has become too stressful.
6. A mix of all of the above.
SO, what can you do from today to try and improve your squat.
👉 Invest in an instructor who knows how to teach good technique.
👉Stretch as often as you can to lose off those tight muscles.
The following muscles are usually the ones which are tight when it comes to poor squat technique.
– lower back
– hip flexors
– rear delta (back of your shoulders)
Focus mostly on your ankle health and flexibility as in many cases this will make a huge difference to your squat.
👉Get in front of a mirror or video yourself and check to see if you are just being lazy with your technique. Try this…
– look forward
– pull your chest up
– pull your belly in
– push your hips back
– bend your knees
– keep your heels down
– put your weight on your heels
👉Work on your leg strength and balance by adding in other leg exercises and core work. Add these to your workout routine…
– single leg standing
– dead bug/superman
– leg press
– hack squat
– sissy squat
– wall holds
👉Go back to basics, get a chair or box that is around knee height and put it behind you. Literally sit down and stand up using the tips from point 3.
It is really important if performing this movement (especially with any resistance) that it is done correctly.
You could end up with an injury or pain in the knees and lower back.
My clients get access to full training and tuition and if you need to focus on improving your technique then it may be time to invest in yourself.