Updated: Jul 8, 2020
Squats can feel pretty intimidating to the unfamiliar or unsure.
How deep should I squat?
How wide should my stance be?
Where should my feet point?
Does the dreaded butt wink make me a bad person?
Two things are very clear:
1. We are all different - For example bone lengths, muscle lengths, mobility, stability, training age etc... so don't expect everyone's squat to look the same.
2. Squats bring numerous benefits to everyone (who can do them safely and pain-free).
1. Don't be afraid to play around using sub-maximal weights. Narrow/Wide foot stance -> what was the outcome?
2. Improve ankle dorsi-flexion to help you squat deeper or try elevating your heels on plates slightly.
3. Mix it up by trying different types of squats. Back squat, front squat, goblet squat, hack squat, etc...
4. Use unilateral (one side e.g. split squat) squats to address strength imbalances and improve performance on bilateral squats (e.g. front squats).
Interested in introducing squats to your workouts, and all the long term benefits that come with this, please don't hesitate to get in touch :)