Can you keep your torso tall as you lower into the squat?
Do your heels pop off the ground?
Do your knees cave towards one another?
What Do You Need to Know About Squatting
The squat is considered a compound, multi-joint movement that targets the gluteals, hamstrings, and quadriceps. When performed correctly, it activates over 200 muscles. The single leg squat shows exceptional muscle activation of both the gluteus medius and gluteus maximus (1). These muscle groups are extremely important in decreasing your risk of low back, hip, and knee pain.
Essential Mobility Exercises
As I mentioned above, a proper squat requires coordinated movement in the ankles, hips, core, and middle back. Typically a loss of mobility in one of these regions is a contributing factor to someone's inability to squat. Below are the TOP 6 exercises I routinely perform to maintain good squat form.
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